I sat down with UNLV verbal commit Isaiah Morris from Las Vegas Desert Pines HS. The electric Desert Pines running back talked about committing to the Rebels early, why he wanted to play for the Rebels and how he is overcoming tragic life events to become one of Vegas' top running backs. Morris is a 2 star RB according to Scout.com.
Joe Arrigo: Zae, what made you decide to commit so early to the Rebels?
Zae Morris: This is my hometown, my family is here and I love the support they give me. Since my parents passed away, family support is very important to me. I was born and raised in Vegas so it's a blessing to be able to play in front of all my family and friends at UNLV.
JA: How has their passing motived and affected you so far?
ZM: It’s a big part of me and it has affected me. My dad passed away when I was one and a my mom passed away four years ago. My mom came to every game I played in prior to her passing; so it was different when she wasn’t there. I feel like now, every game her spirit is with me. After every score I tap my chest twice and blow a kiss to the sky to honor her.
JA: Was choosing UNLV easy because you wanted to stay home or did you feel it was the best fit for you?
ZM: Yes, it was easier. Coach Sanchez made me feel comfortable and I have faith he will turn the UNLV football program around I would like to be part of that.
JA: Growing up in Vegas, was UNLV “dream school”?
ZM: Marckell Grayson have played football together since we were in 4th grade and we used to talk about playing together after high school and this was a great opportunity to live out that dream we share.
JA: How do you see yourself fitting in early on your Freshman?
ZM: I feel like I can fit in on special teams as a returner early on and hopefully have my role expand as the season goes on.
JA: To me it seems Coach Sanchez is building something special and really wants to keep the local talent here in Vegas. Are you going to reach out to other UNLV targets to try and keep them home at UNLV?
ZM: Of course, in-fact Randall Grimes and Tony Fields go to school with me at DP, so I am going to try and get them to UNLV as well.
JA: What are your strengths on the field and what do you need to improve on?
ZM: My vision and speed are defiantly my strengths. I’ve worked on my vision all my life and I have used my speed to my advantage at every level. As far as improving, I need to gain weight to take the pounding at the next level. I am working on that daily by lifting at school with my teammates.
JA: What do you plan on majoring in?
ZM: I plan on Majoring in sports broadcasting or business, I would like to own my own business someday. But I am a part of the Magna program at my school and broadcasting is something I am really interested in.
JA: What are goals and plans for this upcoming football season at Desert Pines?
ZM: I plan on rushing for 2,000. I ran for 1,500 and 1,400 last season, so I’m trying to get to 5,000 yards for a career. As for my team, we plan on winning state, UNDEAFETED.