September 8, 2011

Morris making a name for himself

First, Alabama missed on top-quarterback prospect Gunner Kiel. Then, in-state star Jameis Winston committed to Florida State. The UA coaching staff never panicked because they had another signal caller in mind that they knew they wanted in Alec Morris.

At the time Morris committed to the Crimson Tide, nobody had really heard of him. Under the radar would've been an understatement. Now, he's making a name for himself this season at Allen High School, and people are beginning to take notice.

Through his first two games, Morris is 36-of-61 for 568 yards and eight touchdowns. In a 59-0 win last week, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound quarterback threw for five touchdowns and ran for another.

"He's playing great," Allen offensive coordinator Jeff Fleener said. "The biggest difference between where he was last year at this time and where he is this year is his leadership and his confidence in what he's doing. He truly is a coach on the field for us."

Less than two months ago, Morris was committed to Wake Forest and his only other offer was from North Texas. Now, he's headed to Alabama and leading the No. 1 team in the Class 5A Texas high school football rankings. Credit the UA staff for finding their guy when nobody else wanted him.

"Alabama came down, took a look at him and liked what they saw," Fleener said. "He came to their camp, and they weren't worried about whether or not he had this many offers or who else liked him. All they were worried about was that he could play. They see a great player, and they're going to go after him."

One day, Morris hopes to do what another unknown quarterback from the Dallas area did and lead the Crimson Tide to a national championship. For now, all of the pieces are in place for Morris to lead his high school to a state championship.

"I think we will go as far as he can take us," Fleener said. "We definitely have the pieces to the puzzle, a great team offensively and defensively. The biggest goal for us is to stay healthy and continue to get that leadership from Alec and some of the other captains we have."

Alabama fans will get a chance to watch Morris play when Allen takes on Plano East the first Friday in October on ESPN2.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.





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