Future Coug reacts to assistant departure

WHEN JAMAL MORROW out of Menifee, Calif, committed to the Cougars in September, he made it a point to emphasize how his decision was keyed by Mike Leach and area recruiter Eric Morris. With Morris now leaving for a job with Texas Tech, does it change things at all for the dynamic playmaker recently named his league's player of the year?

Morrow remains Wazzu-bound.

"No not really," Morrow told CF.C by way of text message on whether Morris' departure had any effect on his commitment to WSU. "I'm still solid to them."

Morrow rushed for 2,092 yards this season, crossing the 200-yard mark four times in his last six games and leading Heritage High to the CIF Southern Section Central Division football semifinals.

He was named the Sunbelt League player of the year.

But he's also versatile and could play corner, receiver or running back at Washington State.

The 5-8, 180-pounder averaged a mind boggling 9.96 yards per carry his senior year. He also showcased some of that versatility in the backfield, hauling in 11 receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

Morrow committed to the Cougars three days after rushing for 128 yards and a touchdown in Heritage's 37-16 victory over Beaumont. He's hoping his success on the gridiron can lead to him being a steady contributor for the Cougars throughout his career.

"I'm just excited to be a part of of the new changes that are going on at Wazzu and I want to help start a new tradition," Morrow said. "My biggest goal is to play in a Rose Bowl while I'm at Washington State."

Morrow is ranked three stars and the 82nd ranked RB in the nation by Scout.com

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