On Thursday night, three-star linebacker Jonah Morris will lead the Archbishop Hoban Knights into the Ohio Division III state championship game against Toledo Central Catholic at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
Morris, a 6-foot-4, 205-pounder from Akron, has been focused on that game ever since he started playing football.
After what he hopes is the first state championship in school history, Morris will shift his attention back to the recruiting process and his official visit to Notre Dame on Friday, Dec. 11 for Notre Dame’s awards show weekend.
“I’m going up with my dad and probably my little brother,” Morris said. “Coach Elston was out on Monday and he was pretty much telling me that once I would get on campus they would pretty see what suits me. They want me to get up on campus to see how it is.”
The Irish haven’t specified a position for Morris at the next level and seem open to him playing on either side of the football.
Morris committed to Michigan State back in May but backed off that pledge last month after feeling he rushed the process. He’s since looked into taking a few official visits. The Spartans weren’t keen on that idea and the two parted ways.
The Spartans had recruited Morris as a linebacker and he was open to the idea, but he hasn’t given up on the thought of playing wide receiver or even safety.
“I would play anything that gets me to the next level, anything that prepares me and puts me where I would be the best at,” he said.
Michigan State has remained in contact and Morris said the Spartans are still an option. He also has communicated with coaches from Kentucky and Indiana.
“I haven’t been in touch with many schools yet because I’ve been focused on this state run,” he said.
Morris visited Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Miami prior to committing to Michigan State.
For now, Morris, the Inland District and Akron Beacon Journal Player of the Year and a first team All-Ohioan, will focus on leading the Knights to victory on Thursday. Toledo Central Catholic is the alma mater of Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer.
“It’s huge,” he said of playing in the school’s first state championship game. “Hoban has never been to a state championship before so it’s really big for us.”