MITCH MORSE 6'6" 280 Austin (TX) St. Michael's Catholic Academy
Morse is a physically dominating lineman who is known for his outstanding technique, strength and quickness. He was a three-year starter on the offensive line who also starred at defensive tackle, as well. He earned 1st-Team All-State honors as an offensive lineman each of his last two years, in addition to twice being named 1st-Team All-District. As a senior in 2009, Morse earned 1st-Team All-District honors as a defensive tackle. He's an outstanding student who twice won Academic All-State honors. Morse is a solid all-around athlete who also won multiple letters in both basketball, and track and field, and was a state qualifier in the shot put.
His high school coach is Ed McCabe, and his parents are Kevin and Catherine Morse. He is interested in studying Hotel & Restaurant Management at Missouri, and he lists weight lifting, sports, music, movies and the great outdoors as his hobbies. He chose Mizzou over Kansas, TCU, Stanford and Vanderbilt, among many others. Mitch mentioned Missouri's academic opportunities, its beautiful campus and facilities, and the great attitudes of Mizzou's coaches and players as big draws for him.
Missouri Assistant Coach Brian Jones was the primary recruiter on Mitch Morse. Here's what he had to say about Morse. "He's from a small school. We were able to identify him pretty early. He played both football and basketball. We saw how athletic he was for someone his size, and how well he ran."
Coach Jones also talked about how several schools, including Oklahoma, came in with offers for Morse after he committed to Missouri.
"I really don't think there is a lineman in the state of Texas that I'd trade for him," St. Michael's coach Ed McCabe said.
"We always thought that kid was athletic and could help us somewhere," McCabe said. "At the beginning of last year, we knew he would be special."
JP: "Morse appears to be another diamond that the Tiger coaches seem to find in Texas on a regular basis. Other schools were late to the party, so Morse stuck with the Tigers who were their first. Great size and athleticism. Very good pass blocker with great potential as a left tackle, but versatile to play several positions along the line. Good feet, long arms, uses his hands well."
Greg: "This kid is a real find! He's a very good athlete, who grew into a lineman. He could probably run pass patterns, and do a nice job as a receiver. He played QB and receiver when he was younger, before he grew into a lineman. He has great feet, great quickness, and is reportedly very intelligent, and very coachable. He could probably play anywhere along the offensive line."