Post-Commitment Reaction: Prayers Lead 4-star DE Mike Morris to Flip Commitment to Michigan

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Post-Commitment Reaction: Prayers Lead 4-star DE Mike Morris to Flip Commitment to Michigan

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Post-Commitment Reaction: Prayers Lead 4-star DE Mike Morris to Flip Commitment to Michigan

For a long time, the only thing holding Mike Morris from flipping his commitment from Florida State was being a Seminoles legacy.

His father, Mike Morris Sr., played offensive line for Florida State in the late 1980s. Turns out, he wanted his son to make his own decisions, rather than follow in his footsteps at Florida State.

After a Sept. 8 official visit to Michigan, the Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage B/D 2019 four-star defensive end had seen enough to pledge his future to the Wolverines.

“I’ve been doing a lot of praying, so that’s gotten me on the right path,” Morris said. “Everyone from the head staff to the equipment managers, it’s all family.”

Throughout his recruitment to Michigan, Morris became close with defensive coordinator Don Brown and defensive line coach Greg Mattison. He got to know the two coaches early and eventually began to see them like a pair of grandfathers.

“It’s amazing to feel that,” Morris said of his relationship with Brown and Mattison.

Besides the coaching staff, Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian School 2019 five-star defensive end Christopher Hinton worked to bring Morris into the recruiting fold.

Hinton was successful.

Another selling point for Morris on Michigan was that the Wolverines view the 2019 prospect as a defensive end at the college level.

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

“They said defensive end,” Morris said. “My dad called again to confirm and there was just conflicting reports. I was really confused and never knew the truth.”

Knowing he will play defensive end for Michigan, Morris feels more relieved than ever.

Locked into joining the Wolverines, Morris is focused on developing his power and speed. He looks up to three Michigan players – linebacker Devin Bush and defensive ends Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich.

“Rashan Gary can control situations and takes over the game,” Morris said. “I love Chase Winovich’s drive. He will go the extra mile. With Devin Bush, he just has amazing speed.”

One of the plays that stuck out the most from Morris’ official visit was when three Western Michigan players had to join together in order to block Gary. Despite the valiant effort, Gary moved the trio in the opposite direction.

“When I saw that, I was like, ‘dang,'” Morris explained. “He was still fighting and about to make the play. That’s insane, and I want to be like that with my strength.”

Looking ahead to the 2019 season for the Wolverines, Morris said he’s looking forward to playing early. He knows there will be a void to fill without Winovich or Gary on the team.

Morris said he will take official visits to other schools if he’s invited. Other than that, his recruitment is over.

The four-star strong-side defensive end is ranked No. 322 in the nation, No. 22 at his position and No. 44 in Florida, according to 247Sports Composite.

Morris is excited to take a sigh of relief after the extreme stress of the recruiting process.

Nonetheless, he is thankful and blessed.

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