Could Morris Come In Package Deal?

Miami (FL) Monsignor Pace star, Stephen Morris, just might be best prep quarterback in Florida you haven't heard about. A great athlete with true dual-threat ability, Morris is not only looking for an offense tailored to his skill-set, but may be interested in a school that is also willing to sign him and three of his highly-skilled teammates at Pace.

Do you currently hold an offer from Oregon?

"No, not yet."

Have you had any contact with the coaches from Oregon?

"They came down to the school and I talked to them then and they gave their number and watched practice. I'm keeping in contact with some of the coaches."

Do you know which coaches from Oregon visited you at your school?

"Coach John Neal."

How often are you in contact with Coach Neal?

"He gave me his number last week and I'm going to call him either today or tomorrow."

Has Coach Neal mentioned anything about a possible offer coming through for you in your conversations with him?

"Yes, he talked to my coach, Coach [Alvin] Slaughter and he told Coach Slaughter that if me, Isaac Dixon, Isaiah Williams, and DeAndre Johnson -- the three other players on our team -- if we come to their camp in the summer, that we'll most likely get an offer. [He told me] just have a good spring and stay in contact with him and who knows what'll happen."

What is your overall interest in Oregon?

"I like them. They spread the ball out, they throw the ball, they have an option-attack game which is something that's good and something that I'm working on. When I talked to Coach Neal, I mean, we really talked about their offense and what they like to do and everything. We compared their [Oregon's] scheme to our scheme, what we do, and how he was telling me how there's really not that much of a difference. The only difference is I think they do the option a lot more than we do, and that's it really."

Would you say it's the offense that has you most interested in Oregon at this point?

"Yeah, because I really don't know much about the players they have, the athletes and the coaching staff. I know a couple coaches from there. The offense is really the only thing I know about Oregon and that they're in the Pac-10 and everything and play big name schools. Oregon's a big school right now, but that's the only things I really know about the school."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"Athletic, mobile, has a real strong arm. I make good decisions, I know what to do with the ball, I understand what the defense is trying to do, I know all the routes on the field, and just a good leader and motivator for my team."

Would you compare yourself to anyone at the collegiate or professional level?

"No, I'm trying to get to that stage where I could have kids saying that they're comparing themselves to me, so I'm trying to get humble and really just learn the game as I go. I really wouldn't compare myself to anybody."

What are you looking for in a program?

"I think for me, yeah spread offense is good and the athletes [a school has] and everything, but for me it's really about coaching. If a school has good coaches man, I think that's the first thing I'm probably really going to be looking at is the coaching staff and how they help me get better, what kind of coaches they are, and the environment that they surround they're kids in -- the location of the school and the campus life --- because you're going to be living there for four years, so you might as well get used to it and used to the environment. Playing time is also big and the situation [a school] is in. Are the in the desperate need for a quarterback or do they not need one."

Do you have a preference on playing right away or do you see redshirting as a good option?

"I understand that college is completely different than high school. To just go in there and start as a freshman, there's two things: 1) the school really doesn't have any more quarterbacks on scholarship, or 2) you just beat out everyone at the position and I'm going to go to a school where I don't have to wait. I don't want to wait. I want to go and start competing right now as a freshman but [if that doesn't work] I have no problem waiting a year to play and be an understudy to one of the quarterback that's starting, that'll help me get better."

Is distance a factor?

"I think for sure I'm going to get home sick, but you're going to get home sick which ever school you go to for college. I don't think there's really much of an issue with my parents with my decision with what school I go to or where it's at. I mean yeah, Oregon is on the complete other side of the country, but I still think that a free education is a free education and no matter where that is, it's still a free education."

What offers do you currently hold from other schools?

"Purdue, FIU, Central Michigan, Tennessee State, and that's all I believe."

Are there any schools that have been showing a lot of interest?

"Tennessee, Alabama, Oregon, Ole Miss, all the big schools I need to go to in the summer and see how that goes. Tennessee said to go up there this summer and try to get an offer and Alabama, it's me and this other quarterback that's going at it, so it's just going to camps."

Do you have any favorites at this point. A top five or anything?

"Yeah, my top five would probably be...it's not in really any order, it's just my top five...Purdue, Alabama, Ole Miss, Oregon, and Florida."

Have you been or are you planning to go to any camps later this spring or in the summer?

"No, I had a couple workouts. I had a workout at Miami, I'm going to Miami's camp during the summer, I'm going to Florida's camp, I'm going to Alabama's, South Carolina, Tennessee, and also do Oregon's if it's a little more serious...but that is a big trip."

When you attend those camps, are those going to be unofficial visits as well?

"Yeah, those are going to be the unofficial visits I'm going to take and look at the campus life and the school, talk to some of the coaches and everything."

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