September 14, 2011

Morris played recruiter Under the Lights

Though he's just a junior, many Michigan fans are already familiar with Warren (Mich.) De a Salle quarterback commitment Shane Morris. He's a tall, strong-armed lefty who has nearly two years to improve by the time he hits campus. This summer, Morris developed a reputation as an unofficial recruiter for the Wolverines, and he continued in that role when he visited campus on Saturday.

A few prospects in particular got a lot of attention from Morris at the game. Michigan hosted official visits from Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes offensive lineman Zach Banner and Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian wide receiver Jordan Payton. Morris did his best to convince them to commit.

Both four-star prospects play at positions of need in Michigan's 2012 recruiting class, and Payton noticed the efforts of Morris during the visit. A couple class of 2013 prospects also got some attention from Morris.

Thomas was blown away on the visit, and offered a verbal commitment to Brady Hoke's coaching staff before leaving Ann Arbor.

The game itself was exciting enough to be a huge boost to the recruiting effort, and Morris also paid close attention to the product on the field. As a true pro-style quarterback, he knows that Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges will have to adapt his offense to the players he has available right now.

Saturday's affair was a shining example of that idea. Robinson finished with 446 yards of total offense, including 108 on the ground. According to Morris, the Wolverine coaching staff was just fine earning the win on the arm and legs of Robinson. They know, however, that Morris is the quarterback of the future.

Judging by Morris's reactions, he can't wait, either.

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