With the sting of last year's season ending loss in the State Playoffs fresh in their minds, this year's Colonials entered the pre-season feeling they still had something to prove. Undoubtedly, this type of mentality would come from a group of players that had gained the experience of falling just short in their run through the state playoffs the previous year. Indeed, the Colonials' senior leaders in 2005 formed an integral part of their squads' success in 2004, and this year are looking to take the next step toward the coveted State Title Championship.
Sr. QB Darius Harrison
Leading the way for the Colonials this year is a 6-foot and 175-pound player by the name of Darius Harrison. Last year, Harrison spent a significant amount of time as Split End and recorded 20 catches for just over 500 yards and 6 TDs. With the departure of last year's Sr. QB to graduation, Harrison will now make the move to team leader and starting Quarterback. A dual-threat type of QB, Harris brings the added scrambling dimension to an already high-octane offense.
Harrison has received a significant amount of college interest from both the Division-1A and 1-AA level. Schools that have shown Harrison interest include Villanova, Delaware, Lafayette, Buffalo, Colgate, Fordham, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Rutgers. At this time, Harrison indicates that he favors Delaware, Virginia, Lafayette and Rutgers.
Regarding his state school, Harrison states that he would like to learn more about what Rutgers has to offer. Lafayette happens to be the school that the Colonials' previous starting QB signed with and Harrison has them among his leaders. "Lafayette is a good school educationally, is in a nice environment and it is also very close."
Harrison on what makes Morristown HS special: "This team has a lot of heart and that is what is going to get us through this year."
Darius Harrison Athletic Profile
40-yard dash: 4.45-seconds
Sr. RB/CB Corey Carter
Playing both offensively and defensively for the Colonials is a speedy 5-foot-8 and 165-pound player by the name of Corey Carter. Carter, a three-year letter-winner for Morristown HS on offense and defense, carried the ball 55 times last year for 687 yards including 7 TDs. It should be noted that all of Carter's offensive statistics were garnered during the last 7 games of the season, as he missed the first four games on offense. Perhaps one of the more underrated backs in New Jersey, Carter is looking to have a break-out season for his Colonials squad.
A member of the Morristown HS track team, Carter has participated in the 100-m, 4X1 relays, and high jump. Carter is hoping to receive attention from a number of schools including Lehigh, Hofstra, Buffalo, Syracuse, and West Virginia.
Carter on what his squad needs to do to get respect: "We'll continue to be under-estimated until we come to show."
Corey Carter Athletic Profile
40-yard dash: 4.44-seconds
Sr. TE/OLB Nahson Jackson
Nahson Jackson played sparingly last year until season's end when his playing time increased substantially. Seeing time as a Tight End will help Jackson, a 5-foot-9 and 180-pound prospect, become more easily acclimated to the position he will spend a significant amount of time at this season. In addition, Jackson, a two-year letter-winner, will also play the outside linebacker position for Morristown HS.
Currently favoring Fordham, Buffalo and Connecticut, Jackson has the type of attitude that make coaches love to coach.
Jackson on what dedication means to him: "Go hard every play, go full speed every single play. Treat every play like it's your last play."
Nahson Jackson Athletic Profile
40-yard dash: 4.69-seconds
Sr. FB/OLB Kamaal Moore
Kamaal Moore is a 5-foot-10 and 195-pound player that we first introduced to you during our coverage of the Rutgers Camp at the end of June.
"The whole camp set-up was good and the competition was real nice," stated Moore recalling his three-day stay in Piscataway several weeks ago.
Last year Moore carried the ball 100 times for 787 rushing yards and 10 TDs. A starter on offense and defense for what will now be his third straight year for the Colonials, Moore will make the move to the FB position.
Moore is currently receiving interest from several schools, both Division-1A and 1-AA, including Buffalo, Rhode Island, Lehigh and Virginia. His list of favorites at this time includes Buffalo, Lafayette, Hofstra, West Virginia, Rutgers, and Syracuse.
Moore on his team's goals this year: "I want us to be State Champs."
Kamaal Moore Athletic Profile
40-yard dash: 4.54-seconds [timed at the Rutgers Camp]
Seniors leading the way for Morristown HS
Previously a Group 4 school, Morristown HS will move to Group 3 this upcoming year, though their schedule will continue to reflect that of their larger Group 4 brethren schools. The primary impact of this move will be in their placement come state tournament time, when the opposition of the past, including powerhouses such as Ridgewood and Hackensack will give way to group 3 competition -- schools such as Ramapo, Wayne Hills and Demarest may loom on the horizon.
Behind the senior leadership of Moore, Jackson, Carter, and Harrison, the Colonials, State Champions five times previously, look to go at least one step further than they did last year and bring back a State Title that was last seen at Morristwon HS in 1999.
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