Alec Morris talks commitment

The Demon Deacon staff reeled in their third recruit in the last week when Alec Morris of Allen, TX committed to Wake Forest's class of 2012. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound quarterback said three big factors played a part in his decision to become part of the football program. The Lone Star State signal caller talked in-depth of decision.

"The three main reason were, number one I loved all of the coaches," said Alec Morris. "I can picture myself playing for and learning from them for the next four to five years of my life.

"Second was the feel of the campus. It's a place I think I'm really going to enjoy living and being a part of the community.

"The third factor was just talking with [Quarterback] Coach (Tom) Elrod and how I would fit in the offense. I like how he constructs the offense with a lot of read stuff which is similar to what we do at Allen [High School]."

Morris had made trips to Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Kansas, Ole Miss, and Alabama prior to his visit to Winston-Salem. Although he wasn't able to make it to Wake Forest until late summer it was always his top summer destination spot since his offer in May.

"Being the first school to offer really meant a lot to me," Morris said of Wake Forest. "I knew that they'd be high on my list, but it's been a real bust summer. I had a feeling that if I went and really liked it I'd go ahead and commit, and that's exactly what happened."

A second offer had come from North Texas with heavy interest coming from the schools Morris made trips to during the summer. The Demon Deacon staff was ecstatic to get him. While Morris has spoken to most of the coaches since his commitment he's eager to talk to the head man, Jim Grobe.

"I was talking with Coach (Tim) Billings and my father on campus and told him this was where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life," Morris said. "I talked to Coach Elrod as well. They were both pretty fired up about it. This afternoon I'm planning on speaking with Coach Grobe on the telephone.

"I really like [Jim Grobe]. He's laid-back, but at the same time there's no nonsense with him, and that's what I like about the way he runs the program."

Last year Morris threw for 2,500 yards and 22 touchdown passes in his first year as a starter for Allen High School. He helped them to a 10-2 season and into the 2nd round of the 5A playoffs.

This year most pre-season polls have Allen ranked No. 1 in Texas 5A and many publications have them nationally ranked with running back Jonathan Williams (Missouri commitment) and linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone (Baylor commitment) returning with 13 other starters including Morris.

The Allen Eagles have an exhibition game with Arlington Martin on August 19th before opening the season against Cedar Hill at SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, TX on August 26th.

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