"He's really athletic," said Eastern Guilford assistant coach Kennedy Tinsley, who played linebacker for North Carolina from 2006-09. "… He's really further along than most sophomores, because he had older brothers that played [football]. He has great hands, good football IQ, breaks on the ball well, [and] just a great athlete."
As a freshman, Morehead began his prep career on varsity playing receiver. But, six games into the season, he was permanently assigned to the JV squad.
"Right before I got [to Eastern Guilford], he had dominated in middle school and helped it go undefeated, so when he came [to high school], he started off on varsity," Tinsley said. "He did pretty good, but we felt he would be better off on JV as far as development. He went down on JV and just totally dominated."
Morehead's dominance continued as a full-time two-way varsity starter this past season. At receiver, he caught 30 passes for 516 yards and six touchdowns, rushed 19 times for 64 yards and a score, and even completed four of his seven pass attempts. Defensively, he rotated between cornerback and safety recording 41 tackles, two interceptions, and eight pass breakups. He also returned seven kickoffs for a 26-yard average.
East Carolina extended Morehead his first offer during Eastern Guilford's spring break. UNC-Charlotte and Tennessee soon followed with offers of their own. Tommy Thigpen, who coached Tinsley at UNC, is recruiting Morehead for the Volunteers.
"Jarius, when you look at the film, it's obvious that this kid is a player," Tinsley said. "You can look at that film and give him a scholarship if he was a senior, but he's a sophomore.
"The first thing that everybody says when they watch his film is his toughness. Yards after the catch – his first highlight is of him catching the ball and then breaking three-four tackles. He's a really big, physical receiver. He's a sophomore and he's already running over guys and breaking tackles."
UNC hasn't offered, but the Tar Heels have shown a lot of interest. Assistant coach Chris Kapilovic made an evaluation visit to Eastern Guilford earlier this spring.
"They said if I do well at their camp, they'll probably offer me," Morehead said
"I'm pretty sure he's going to get an offer, but they want to see whether or not he can play defense as well," Tinsley said. "That's why they want to see him in camp before they make a move."
Most schools, though, are recruiting Morehead as a receiver.
For the second consecutive summer, Morehead plans to camp at Clemson and UNC. He also figures to include camps at East Carolina, Virginia, and Virginia Tech among his summer schedule.
With Tinsley's obvious connection to UNC, Morehead has made a couple of visits to Chapel Hill, besides last summer's camp. Among those visits was the UNC-Virginia Tech football game last fall. That exposure has contributed to Morehead listing the Tar Heels as his early favorite.
"Carolina is a big one for me," Morehead said. "It's close and my family can see me play. And I like the school and the campus."
Morehead also is a part of Eastern Guilford's basketball and track-and-field teams. He averaged a double-double this past basketball season. In track, he competes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. His personal best times are 11.0 seconds in the 100 and 23.14 seconds in the 200... Morehead wants to major in sports management in college.