Syracuse’s newest football commit, George Morris, has been the talk of Orange Nation this week. The 3-star Georgia product is an essential recruit for SU, filling the need at running back with Antwon Bailey graduating. It helps Morris is also a well-rounded impact back from an extremely talent rich area.
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The Fizz spoke with Morris after his decision, who said the main reason for choosing Syracuse was the coaching staff.
“How it came about was the relationship and bond between me, Coach Wheatley and Coach Adkins over time when they first came and saw me in the spring. Just building that bond and trust and how they kept on checking up on me with my schooling. Syracuse has a lot to offer and they showed a lot of interest visiting me.”
A common theme recruits and coaches have told The Fizz is that when a school shows a player unique attention and interest, the player usually reciprocates. That’s the case with Morris. Once again, Tyrone Wheatley is the epicenter of building strong relationships with recruits. He’s been the lynchpin for all of SU’s big targets, has quickly become the best recruiter on staff, and landed both Sugar Bear Thompson and Morris. He also was the main factor in Boom Perkins originally putting SU atop his list.
While the rapport with coaches was a major factor, SU’s impending move to the ACC also proved again to be gold in the recruiting arena.
“It made it more attractive because you’re playing better competition and my family is able to come see me a lot compared to if I was in the Big East.”
Being a member of the ACC is already paying dividends, and is a huge advantage as SU extends and strengthens its recruiting pipeline down south.
George said he’s excited to play in the Dome and the staff has told him he could contribute right away. The main reason is he can do everything out of the backfield.
“I think I am an every down back, an all-purpose back. You can line me up out wide, motion me out, do read zone, option, sweep tosses and I am a homerun threat. I think my greatest strength is pounding it in, keep moving my legs and not stopping. I feel like I am a great asset either catching or just running.”
GM certainly is talented, but still has room to grow. This was only his second season playing running back at Central Gwinnett after being a nose guard his for two years, meaning his potential is sky high. He’s a dual threat option both on the ground and out of the backfield. Program insiders have compared him to Bailey, but bigger.
Morris has high expectations and sees himself being a player every Syracuse fan will remember when he’s done on the Hill.
“I expect myself to be one of the best tailbacks to come out of Syracuse.”
Even if he falls short of that, the commitment of Morris has already made a major impact for the Orange.
Posted: Dave Van Moffaert