David Morris is one of the more gifted athletes along the west coast and in the nation this cycle. Measuring in at 6’3” and 200 pounds, Morris was a do everything player for the Sherwood Bowmen. As a junior, he led his team to a state championship and a playoff birth his senior year. Scout rated Morris as a 4* OLB and while that may be where he ends up playing at OSU, he will start off as a safety. Was named 6A Defensive Player of the Year and a 2nd Team All-State at the running back position. USA Today named him to their 1st team as both a junior and senior. Finished his high school career with nearly 3,500 all-purpose yards as a running back, 184 tackles as safety, 8 interceptions and 37 total touchdowns.
LEAD OSU RECRUITER:
TJ Woods – Area
Chad Kauha’aha’a & John Rushing -- Position
Pledged to the Beavers last May over offers from Cal, Colorado State, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington State. Utah came in with an offer late and pushed for him to take a visit to Salt Lake City in which he politely declined. Oregon made at least three passes at Morris since he pledged to the Beavers. With the previous staff, they seemed to think that despite his commitment to OSU they could still flip him at anytime. With the new regime in Eugene, they made their introduction to Morris soon after taking over but again the Sherwood standout didn’t entertain them for long, enough to say thanks but no thanks. Numerous other programs checked in with Morris throughout the process, but he has stood steadfast in his commitment throughout.
WHY OREGON STATE:
“I chose Oregon State because it’s close to home, I love what Coach A is building, and I have a good chance to get early playing time!”
Arguably the most talented two-way athlete to come out of the state of Oregon in a few recruiting cycles. The first thing that jumps off the page when watching David’s film is his size. Already at 6’3” and 200 pounds, he has collegiate level size already heading into his freshman year. Perhaps his best attribute is his vision, he sees the field really well and understands where things are going before they happen. When you combine that with elite athleticism, it makes for a special athlete. Plays with a lot of emotion, able to pick his teammates up when making a big play. Long strider, can cover a lot of ground. Has the size to play in the box as a safety and athleticism to drop back into coverage and play center field. Great tackler, wraps up and explodes through ball carriers. Could honestly play several positions at the collegiate level including running back, h-back, and outside linebacker, which he could still develop into although I think he could be an NFL type safety when all is said and done.
Sherwood High School Head Coach, Greg Lawrence:
“It is incredible how David brings an energy to his teammates that changes the momentum of the game. When he makes a big play, his excitement and enthusiasm is contagious. It has truly been a pleasure and honor to have coached him and watched him play every week. In my 30 years of coaching he is without a doubt the best overall player that I have ever coached. I am excited to watch him help take the Beavers to the next level.”
INSIDE THE COMMITMENT:
Morris was one of the more highly recruited prospects following his junior season but decided to pledge to the Beavers early and stuck with his commitment despite overtures from several Pac-12 programs throughout the process. Morris is one of the headliners of the 2017 class and will be looked at to contribute once he gets to campus this summer. He has done a good job of reaching out to other Oregon athletes in future classes, to try to have them give the Beavers a serious look as their own recruitment develop.