Jerel Morrow: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with the Emporia (Kan.) High School coach Dustin Delaney about Jerel Morrow, a 6-foot-1, three-star athlete who chose Oklahoma State over Kansas State and Nebraska.

What are Jerel's strengths as a football player?
Dustin Delaney: He's incredibly explosive. He's a world-class long jumper. On the field, you can see that explosion and that burst. He's a smart football player too. He makes plays using his intelligence and his athleticism. He's a really solid all-around player.

What do you think will be the biggest transition for him moving from the high school game to the Big 12 Conference?
Dustin Delaney: I think the speed of the game, obviously. He was the best athlete on the field against everybody we played. That's not necessarily the case in college. It's going to take some time for him to get adjusted to that, but with his upside, I don't think it will take long for him to get adjusted to that.

Do you think he has a chance to make an instant impact or will there be an adjustment period for him?
Dustin Delaney: I have no idea. I don't know what Oklahoma State has on their roster. Athletically, the kid is a world-class athlete. How soon that gets him on the field? I have no idea.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Dustin Delaney: He really created a close bond with coach (Jason) Jones, the cornerbacks coach. He did a phenomenal job recruiting him. There was a lot of good communication the whole time. He really enjoyed his visits down there. He was obviously impressed with the facilities. He really liked coach Gundy – he was young and energetic. But I think the single biggest thing was just his comfort level with coach Jones.

What do you think he is capable of accomplishing over the course of his college career at OSU?
Dustin Delaney: I really think the sky is the limit for him. He's fairly raw as far as his number of years playing football. He came out as a sophomore in high school, and he missed half of his junior year with injury. So he basically played 2 ½ years of competitive football. His upside is tremendous because of what kind of athlete he is. I think he really has a lot of untapped potential. I think he's going to explode at the next level.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Dustin Delaney: What kind of kid he is. He is the kid you want all of your best players to be. He's a two-time captain for us, a phenomenal leader and a phenomenal kid in our community. He has good grades and all the teachers love him. All the students look up to him. I'll remember the kid he is, more so even than the football player he is.


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