Morris Mystery Solved: Fizz Confirms Incoming RB Has Reported to Syracuse

Mystery surrounded Morris when he was not initially at camp, but The Fizz confirms he’s there now.

Lawrenceville Patch

Highly touted running back recruit George Morris is on campus and ready for the fall semester, The Fizz has learned. The status of the Georgia game-breaker was murky earlier this summer, but Morris’ high school coach tells us after missing the start of camp he arrived on the Hill a few weeks ago.

Earlier this summer, The Daily Orange reported two incoming freshmen on the Syracuse football team did not report for the Summer Start program. The Fizz confirmed that defensive end Myles Hilliard was one of those absent. Academics forced Myles to spend the year at Milford Academy, but he told The Fizz he is optimistic about his situation, and expects to join the team next season.

The status of running back George Morris was tougher to decode. The Daily Orange said he wasn’t in Syracuse, but Jerome Smith tweeted he was having lunch with Morris and the rest of the Orange running backs.

Several attempts to get in touch with Morris were unsuccessful at first. But finally, The Fizz was able to connect with Todd Wofford, Morris’s head coach at Central Gwinett High School.

Wofford clarified that Morris was in fact missing from the Summer Start program at first, because the running back had to finish up an online class. Morris eventually finished the course, and arrived on campus in mid-July. He’s all set academically, and is looking forward to starting his freshman year at SU.

This officially sets up an interesting competition at running back. The Orange has two veterans in Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley that have yet to prove they can produce as feature backs. Then there’s enormous sophomore Adonis Ameen-Moore who had a shaky freshman year and could stand to lose some weight. Add incoming freshmen DeVante McFarlane and Morris. Of all the backs on the roster, the two true freshmen might have the most talent. But will it translate to playing time?

Meanwhile, Fizzster Dave Van Moffaert caught up with Coach Wofford to ask him about what Morris needs to do in order to be effective for SU.

DVM: Final thoughts on having Morris as his running back over the last two years?

Wofford: George was a tremendous worker and competitor. He was always trying to make himself better, not only on the football field but also in the classroom. He continued to work on everything: his hands, his speeds, his size and learn as much about the game as far as how to watch film and breakdown his opponents.

He developed a lot from his first year to his second year as a back with his vision and footwork.

DVM: As he goes from the high school ranks to play Division 1 ball, what does he need to improve on the most?

Wofford: He is going to have to learn how to pass protect a lot better because you have the complicated defensive schemes, the different blitz packages that they have. (He needs to) continue to get bigger and stronger, faster and decipher a college playbook which is a challenge all in itself.  

DVM: Where he thinks George can end up, and can he be a productive college back?

Wofford: Absolutely. I talked to him last week and he said that he is 195 pounds. right now.  I’m thinking he will gain 10 to 15 pounds. One of his best traits is his hands, catching the ball out of the backfield and that is one of those things everyone is looking for whether it be the college or the pros.

Posted: Andrew Kanell

32 Comments on this Post

  1. Norma Stitz reporting Adonis has already lost a ton of weight, speculating around 225lbs now. That is a great weight for his build I think. Excited about the depth and competition at several positions this year.

  2. Moore had a monster HS career in Colorado. Hope to see him on the field a lot this year!

  3. HEY fella’s,I believe his name is George Morris and not George Moore.
    With his arrival,does this give Syracuse 9 or 10 recruits? How many scholarships can Syracuse give out this year?

    Good addition to the team,welcome aboard George Morris. Work hard here and your dream of playing in the NFL has the arrow pointing upwards. Good luck.

    GO CUSE;

  4. Russell MacEachern

    With our newer OLs developing RBs should’nt be a problem although I don’t believe AAM is going to the answer outside of short yardage and goal line….Colorado hs ball did’nt provide much of a test!! PT-G, D. Mcarlane and Morris w/have to hold the fort for AE and hopefully Laray Smith next year when we’ll be stacked…this year we’ll beat them down w/number’s!!

  5. Russell MacEachern

    @Ron,I believe he meant A A-Moore…

  6. @Russell MacEachern,after rereading Aarons post I now stand corrected and apologize to all for the mistake that I have made. Thanks Russell for bringing that to my attention.

  7. @Ron .. while you’re at it (doh!)..9 or 10 recruits???? He’s on CAMPUS..he’s not a ’12-’13 recruit??? B4 u diss everyone n apologize..become an S.U. fan first!!!!!

    Anyway….@Russ, lol Colorado ball was like bowling! AAM should be a great change of pace back, he has the tool to do damage to a tired or 2nd team defense. SU 8-5 season.. Carter 1000 yds & Bailey 800 all-purpose yds., a dynamic that was missing last season, was the dual rb attack , as well as a deep threat (Sales?)…but we may have all the tools this season..SU is better than 7th in the BE!

    @norma .. article says he looks 225? Was down to 239 w/ problem losing any additional weight! Maybe I read it wrong lol..

    Good article, rbs.. GM & DM ..should add speed and athleticism!

  8. dnabbs_vomit

    What about Charles Davis? Isn’t he in the RB mix also?

  9. bigdip;I didn’t mean to diss anyone here,never have and never will. when a player reports to campus and hasn’t played one down in a Syracuse uniform,TO ME IS A UNPROVEN COMMODITY KNOWN AS A RECRUIT. I will admit that I’m not real good with all of the players names. But just to let you know, I started following Syracuse Football by reading about the team in the Syracuse papers in 1959 and have been a Syracuse season ticket holder for the last 20 years. I’ve traveled to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl,NYC for the Pinstripe Bowl,West Virginia,Michigan, Pittsburgh,Akron Giant Stadium for games against USC,Georgia Tech. and Wisconsin for some of their games.

    So let me ask what’s your resume consist of? So I made a mistake,and apologized.

    So I believe that you need to change your signon name from bigdip to spoonfeed. It fit’s you better.

  10. @bigdip; I forgot to add trips to South Bend,Penn State and flew with my wife and the team to Louisville the first year that they played in PaPa John’s stadium.

    I’ve collected some great photo’s and made some great friends along the way. I’ve truly enjoyed the last 53 years of following the team. I only hope that you and your family enjoy the team as much as I have.

    I’m done now.

  11. @vomit: Charles Davis would be an option only if we don’t get Laray Smith. He’s a bit on the backburner for the SU staff, it appears.

    @Ron: We all know what a great guy and fan you are. You never have to apologize as far as I’m concerned.

    @Russ: Waaaazzzabbbbbiiiii!!!!

  12. I’m definitely excited about Morris being on campus. Interested to see if Marrone redshirts him and Devante. SU needs some big play ability in the backfield. Gotta get chunks of yardage and not put so much pressure on long methodic drives. I like GM a lot.

  13. Norma Stitz

    Ron you are good we have just had a rash of trolls at times so sometimes we knee jerk. Congrats on all the traveling for games too, very cool! So Morris counted against last recruiting cycles numbers therefore he doesn’t impact this years take.

    @bigdip- the article said that Marrone says he doesn’t know for sure because he can’t ask players their weight during the offseason but he said he would guess he is at 225. Then they talked about last year and he got to 239 or whatever an had issues losing more. But the article reads that he looks leaner than last year so I am assuming that he is less than 239.
    @DA do you think he will redshirt them? I love that there finally seems to be some real competition at positions. Like Shamarko saying that Desir, Eskridge and Shu are pushing him at the safety spot. I am excited to see if one of these young RBs can step in and have an impact. RB is suppose to be the easiest position to do that at. Pumped for training camp!

  14. i’m curious to know how he will do. i beleive he will do well for syracuse. i also like ameen moore alot and feel he has something to prove this year. i do like that were getting depth finally.

  15. Russell MacEachern

    @Ron,I saw that coming,we all know what a great fan you are,no need for you to apologize….the Bigdipper did’nt mean to come off like that,its just his “unique” personality!Please don’t hold it against him were all on the same team here…thank’s Ron..

  16. Thanks to all for your positive responses guys.
    I have to respond all when my loyalty as a fan is questioned.

    Thanks again guys.

    Go Cuse

  17. Good morning everyone;how many of you are going down to the USC/Syracuse game on Sept. 8th? I believe that the game is going to start at 3:30 pm.
    Should be a full day.

    Looking for the upset here.

    GO CUSE;

  18. Norma Stitz

    I will be there! 200 chase suite section. Let’s shock the world!

  19. is reporting that Arkansas 4**** wide receiver Quinta Funderburk is on campus and will have to set out a year before playing for Syracuse while the Iowa defensive end transfer John Raymon was granted permission by the NCAA to play now.

    All good news for the Orangemen. Looks like the light is getting brighter for Syracuse.

    @Norma,my son and I will be there to enjoy the game. I’ve written down your location and will try to find you to talk some football before the game starts. Looking forwards to a real good game.

    GO CUSE;

  20. Russell MacEachern

    @Ron,I won’t be able to make that game due to a wedding….Id like to try and make RU away game…

  21. Don’t worry Ron, there’s definitely no one from The Fizz questioning your Syracuse fanhood.

    Also, it’s good to hear that Moore has lost weight. He’s the back that people might forget about with Morris and McFarlane coming in this year, and then Augustus Edwards entering the program next year. Moore was a legitimate three-star guy, and could be a valuable bruiser at RB for Marrone.

  22. Good grief…senior citizens? Ron you’re so invested, I owe you all the respect in the world! I’m sixteen years old, I can’t know everything dude! (Doh!) Trips to SU games doesn’t make you CORRECT… stop crying…

    @Norma hope he replaced some flab with muscle, weight is irrelevant?

    @Russ its should be this fun. We’re fanatics!

    @Toeveryone conservative blogging is like winning a bronze!

  23. Russell MacEachern

    Congrat’s Dipper on reaching such an advanced and mature 16 in your fanaticism toward’s the “Cuse”… how about we work on tact… much for unique…make that young!!We love ya anyway won’t hold your age against ya Dipper..

  24. Norma Stitz

    @Dip- yeah weight does matter. If he lost that weight it is fat not muscle. And being respectful is never conservative Dip. But love most of your posts and your fandom for sure!

  25. John Cuse

    What about the depth at WR? I know we have Marcus Sales back and Alec Lemon but i feel like WR has always been the weakest part of our offense we need to recruit WR’s!!

  26. John…i thought Rene and Reddish had speed for slot wr, we have WRs Lewis & Cornelious coming in as freshman, a juco wr should report by monday, Sales back ( as u said), Alec Lemon on the Belitnicof(? Lol) list too, Beckett Wales..& 3 talented frosh at TE, there was a report of Funderburke transferring in & being on campus (he’ll play in 2013 & learn the system 2012) , & freshman Ron Thompson could definitely stretch the field, or be used for “jumpballs” on the goal, with his size (6’4″) & speed (4.5 40). And there is an injury or two to account for….best recieving depth in years! Experience and youth…

  27. Russell. You have a wedding to attend? A wedding!? Who schedules a wedding on opening weekend? Tell the groom to run, and to run fast! I once went to a wedding during the Super Bowl, and every single guy was mumbling about it and sneaking off to the bar. Bride thought the groom’s friends were insensitive. What can a girl expect?

  28. Russell MacEachern

    @bgogo my Godson,as Godfather nothing I can do but stay close to a television lol..I don’t schedule wedding’s….just attend…if it was almost anyone else id just send a check w/my apology’s…I live for football weekends in the fall since I used to jump the fence at HS games at 6 yrs….hs,college,pro and now even my fantasy leagues…

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