Trevor Morris will be more prepared than most freshmen for what he faces this summer at Rutgers training camp. The Malvern (Pa.) Prep linebacker spent the last year under the wing of Aaron Brady, who moved from Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga to Malvern last season.
Before Brady’s coaching days, he also played linebacker at Rutgers. Brady started 37 games as a safety and linebacker for Rutgers, and offered Morris plenty of advice on his next stop.
“[Brady] told me just soak it in and give it all you got,” Morris said. “We just talk linebacker to linebacker. What makes a great linebacker is what you do after practice. Talk to the coaches, be a leader, watch film, learn from your film, dissect it. You do that, you’ll be a better linebacker.”
Morris moved into his dorm this weekend and reports at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday for his first official day as a Scarlet Knight – less than two weeks after his high school graduation.
“I guess I’d call it a blessing in disguise,” Morris said. “It’s going to stink leaving high school because it was so much fun, but I’m ready to embark onto the next chapter. What happens in college will sculpt what happens to me the rest of my life. I’m giving it everything I have.
“ …It’s going to be kind of a blur with everything happening so fast, but I look at it as getting closer to my dream. It’s good and kind of surprising at the same time.”
Morris enters Rutgers with the need to bulk up as a 6-foot-2, 200-pound strongside linebacker, but he is ready to put in the work.
“The thing that makes me different from some other linebackers is my speed,” Morris said. “When I’m out there, I’m running with defensive backs. Speed-wise, I’m bringing something. I have athleticism, and coach Brady by my side is helping me get ready for the mental aspects and the meetings.”