How Harbaugh Changed Mike Morris’ Perception of Him and Michigan at the BBQ

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How Harbaugh Changed Mike Morris’ Perception of Him and Michigan at the BBQ

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How Harbaugh Changed Mike Morris’ Perception of Him and Michigan at the BBQ

The only thing holding Mike Morris from flipping his commitment from Florida State to Michigan is being a Seminoles legacy.

“The only thing stopping me is being a legacy,” Morris said to WolverinesWire. “It’s hard because I want to go to the same school as my father and I’ve spent so much time with Florida State’s staff.”

His father, Mike Morris Sr., played offensive line for Florida State in the late 1980s. Morris, a Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage B/D 2019 four-star defensive end, has been committed to the same school since Feb. 27, 2016.

During the July 28 BBQ at the Big House, Morris and his father had time to sit down and talk with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, which changed everything for the father and son.

“The visit helped me see how genuine the coaches are,” Morris said. “The reporters always say Harbaugh is some douchebag but actually, he’s an amazing dude.”

Morris’ father, listening to social media often, bought into the fact that Harbaugh was rough around the edges. After talking for over 90 minutes with the fourth-year Michigan coach, all negative perceptions were changed.

“(My dad) came into the visit thinking, ‘Oh, I don’t like Harbaugh,'” Morris explained. “By the time they were done talking, he liked him. My dad really likes Michigan and loved sitting down with Harbaugh. That was crazy.

“He just wants the best for me. He doesn’t really care where I go.”

During the talk, Harbaugh, Morris and his father discussed the 2018 Michigan football team, family and the need for a defensive end.

“I could tell he actually cared about me,” Morris added. “It was really cool.”

While Harbaugh is currently developing a relationship with Morris, the 6-foot-5, 225 pounder is closest with defensive line coach Greg Mattison and defensive coordinator Don Brown.

“It’s always good to see him,” Morris said of Mattison. “He really wants me and sees me as another son, which is really cool. Plus, he’s coached Ray Lewis and a lot of high-caliber NFL players. That’s amazing.

“Don Brown is the same way. I love Don. Both of them are like grandfathers to me. They are some cool guys.”

Of his 12 offers, Morris is down to Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee and Michigan.

“Tennessee has some of Florida State’s old coaches, so it’s that old FSU vibe,” he said to WolverinesWire on July 22. “Miami has been recruiting me since my freshman year, so there’s nothing I don’t know and it’s close to home. It feels like true love.

“My heart is everywhere right now, I’m not going to lie.”

Morris said he is frustrated with reports of the coaching staff at FSU wanting him to play offensive line, even though he has been told on multiple occasions that Willie Taggart’s staff sees him as a defensive end.

“Reporters are saying that the coaches are telling them that, so I have no clue,” Morris added. “The coaches are telling me defensive line, but that can all change when I get there.

“I’m a definite no for offensive line.”

Without any further visits planned, other than an official visit to Michigan for the game against Western Michigan on Sept. 8, Morris is trying to avoid stress and enjoy the process.

“I’m just trying to enjoy my recruitment right now. I’m trying to be a high school student and not worry about college.

“It’s hard.”

Morris is ranked No. 320 in the nation, No. 21 at strongside defensive end and No. 43 in the state of Florida, according to 247Sports Composite.

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