Alec Morris talks Wake Forest offer and more
"At the beginning of the season, being in the new role as starting quarterback at a high school that has a rich history and traditionally goes far in the playoffs was intimidating," said Alec Morris. "Going through the season, being a part of a successful team, helped me develop quality leadership skills that allowed me to guide this team far and above pre-season expectations."
Morris, 6-foot-4, 235-pounds, passed for 2,533 yards with 22 touchdowns and only six interceptions in 2010. He was named 2nd team All-District. Allen fell to Euless Trinity in a heart-breaker, 37-35, but with 14 returning starters many expect this team to become one of the nation's best.
"If we're not 16-0 with a state championship," Morris said, "I'll consider the season unsuccessful. I have no individual goals, just to win state."
Morris may be such a team player that his own recruitment has gone slightly under the radar thus far. However, with two new offers within the past week it is picking up steam into the summer months.
"During spring ball my offensive coordinator, Jeff Fleener, told me Wake Forest was extremely interested in me. The head coach told him someone would be calling me. A little while passed and I didn't hear from them, but Coach [Tom] Elrod, the quarterbacks coach called and said he was very excited to tell me that Wake Forest wanted to offer me a scholarship."
Wake Forest hadn't been a school Morris visited with teammates Jonathan Williams and Thaddeus LaGrone. They had made trips last fall to Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, and Texas Tech, so the news came as a pleasant surprise.
"I was super excited," said Morris. "I've always been a fan of Wake Forest. It was great to get that first offer. Yesterday, I received my second from UNT [North Texas]. I'm going this weekend to Alabama. I have a contingent offer from them. They want me to come down and throw for them."
Morris attended NFTC combines in Ft. Worth and Houston and won quarterback MVP at both. He'll now set his sites on campus venues he'll try to travel to during the summer.
"This Friday I have a meeting with my head coach, Tom Westerberg, and my parents to discuss my plans for visits this summer," said Morris. "I'll probably make it to Wake Forest. I'd like to narrow it down a focus on a short list of schools. I'll make the trips with my Dad and if any of my teammates are interested in the school, they're welcome to come too."
Morris has been working with former Texas A&M quarterback, Kevin Murray, in the off-season. Although he works out of the gun in a spread offense at Allen, Morris considers himself more of a pro-style passing quarterback.
"I've been working on my mechanics and my footwork," said Morris. "I'm shortening my arm motion to get a good tight release. All of my improvement can be attributed to working with Kevin. It's been a great fit."
Allen football does the Geno Pierce Performance Course during the summer. Pierce's son, Oliver Pierce, a junior wide receiver, hooked up with Morris for a touchdown in the Euless Trinity game. While focused on off-season conditioning, he's also keep an eye out for a potential college match.
"I want to go to a college that wants me there as badly as I want to be there," Morris stated. "I'd like the college to be in a location I like because I'll be spending four possible five years of my life there. As far as distance, it doesn't matter as much because I feel like I can handle myself well no matter where I am."
Morris has maintained a A/B average in Advanced Placement classes at Allen. His grandfather, Alfred Morris Jr., was an Olympic gymnast.
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