Morris takes in first Spring Practice

Michigan opened up spring practice this morning, and of course 2013 QB commit Shane Morris was on hand to take it all in. Morris discusses his impressions of Team 133, how the uncommitted visitors liked their experience ... plus he dishes on Ty Isaac, and more!

Michigan's "X Factor" for their 2013 recruiting success has been the laid back approach of future quarterback Shane Morris. Morris has built relationships with several recruits, both committed and uncommitted, but he knows not to add to the pressure that already comes with being a highly coveted student-athlete.

"Obviously I ask if they like (their visit) and what's their feeling on it, but I'm not trying to force them to commit right now," said Morris. "I'm not going to ask them to do that or anything."

Morris's communication skills and likeability were on display once again this weekend as Michigan played host to a few recruits they hope will end up in the 2013 class as well.

"I talked to DeVeon Smith, Henry Poggi and Scott Orndorff ,and to some other kids," said Morris. "They all really liked it a lot -- you know they were having a great time on the visit."

Heading into the visit weekend the commitment buzz centered around RB DeVeon Smith as the Wolverines look to add a physical and versatile ball carrier to the class. Did Morris get a positive vibe out of the situation?

"Yeah, definitely," said Morris. "He liked it a lot, he had a great time, he was loving it up there. And I guess a lot of his family is from Detroit too."

With Smith enjoying his time in Ann Arbor, possibly enough to make a decision, could that change anything with the #1 running back in the nation, Ty Isaac, who visited the Wolverines last weekend? Morris was involved with Issac's visit as well.

"He liked it a lot and he had a great time up there with all of us," said Morris. "He just wants to take a visit out to USC which I think he's doing next weekend, and then he's going to decide after that. You know, he liked it a lot and we would love to have him, but his decision is his decision."

As Michigan continues to try to reel in more commitments, the current Wolverines put some work in on the practice field this morning. With uncharacteristic March temperatures Team 133 practiced under the sun and seemed to pick up where they left off.

"It was just awesome you know, watching the first spring practice," said Morris. "They did it outside today. It was beautiful, and the pace, everything about practice, the tempo with the coaches coming out for the first time (this spring) -- it was just awesome."

The Wolverines have spent the better part of the last two months hibernating inside the weight room, and the positions that exhibited the most noticeable growth are those that will make Brady Hoke a very happy coach.

"The (offensive) line looks better, very good," Shane reported. "And the defense looks very good also, as they were last year, but the line looks much improved -- and they just did a great job." He added that, "The running backs, Toussaint, are all doing good jobs. Devin Gardner looked good. You know, everyone did really well."

With still over a year left before Morris officially becomes a Wolverine, the future signal caller is putting in his fair share of work during the off-season as well.

"Every morning I'm in the weight room," Morris said. "I've been running and training with my quarterback coach at night and just working hard, having a great time."

Stay on GoBlueWolverine.com for updates on all of the weekend visitors over the next couple of days.


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