Every year under coach Scott Frost the Huskers have taken a scholarship quarterback commit. There is no reason to think the 2022 cycle will be any different. The coast-to-coast search for the next signal-caller is well underway for Nebraska. One of the top quarterbacks the team is recruiting is Georgia 4-star MJ Morris. The Pace Academy star out of Atlanta has racked up quite the offer list. He holds 34 offers from schools in every Power 5 conference.
— MJ Morris (@mj_morris7) January 11, 2021
Hail Varsity caught up with Morris to get the details on his recruitment to date, what he’s looking for in a school and a potential timeline.
Here is the full Q&A.
HV: How was your junior season?
MM: I mean it was crazy with COVID. A couple of our games, I think it was three or four of our games got canceled but when we had a game it was still a blessing to get out there. The season was pretty good but we lost in the first round by a touchdown at the end the game so that’s always the worst way to go out. But overall the season was good.
HV: Where would you say you improved the most on your game during the last season?
MM: I think I improved the most on the mental part of the game. Reading defenses, knowing my reads, knowing blitz pick-ups and all that. That was the main thing. It was my goal before the season I really wanted to improve. I feel like once I got it down it made my game so much faster and that’s what that’s what I’m most proud about.
HV: How long have the Huskers been recruiting you?
MM: It’s been a good couple months. For a while I’d say that we’ve built a great relationship over the past month. Ever since they’ve offered me we’ve built a great relationship. It’s been a while.
HV: Which coaches would you say you have you talked to the most over there?
MM: Coach Frost and Coach Verduzco. I talk to them all the time.
HV: What do you think of those guys so far?
MM: I love them. I love how much they know about the game and about quarterbacks. That’s kind of what I’m looking for, coaches who know a lot about quarterbacks. And then just who is going to just care about me as a person too and not just as a football player. So, I’d say that we’ve built a solid relationship.
HV: Have you been able to go to any schools that have offered you?
MM: Before quarantine I was able to visit Georgia, Auburn, Alabama. I’ve been going there my whole life because my mom went to Auburn so we were always going on there. And then Tennessee. Those are the only four schools that I’ve been able to see. I kind of saw Florida but that was just for like a camp. So, I think that’s really holding me back from making a top schools and making a commitment soon. Not being able to visit schools. I’ve never seen Nebraska before so I can’t really make a decision until I see some schools I’ve never seen before.
HV: What are some of the other schools that are recruiting you hard right now?
MM: I’d say Miami, Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Stanford, Mizzou, Georgia Tech, Oregon, Georgia and Bama. I’d say those are the schools after me the hardest.
HV: What do you think about leaving like the state or the area for school? Like does that matter to you at all?
MM: No, it doesn’t matter how far the place is. If that is the school for me then I’m going to go to that school is however far it is.
HV: What ideally would be the timeframe that you would have to make a commitment?
MM: Well, before all this stuff happened it was going to be sometime like around this spring after baseball season ended. Now, I have no clue. Quarterbacks usually commit early but now I don’t really know how to even have a time when we can do that. Because if this dead period gets pushed back even more than we would have to go ahead and visit schools on our own. Just to kind of see it. The coaches can’t come on campus with us. So, we’d have to go and see ourselves the schools I’m considering the hardest. So, I have no clue right now.
HV: What are the most important things to you in a future school?
MM: I would say definitely from a football standpoint it’s a school that is going to develop me as a quarterback and get me ready for the NFL. And a school that has a system where I can I can showcase all my talents and abilities so I can be the best quarterback I can be. From just a personal standpoint, if I can be around those coaches, those players and be on that campus for three or four years of my life and never think about transferring, just being comfortable. Because if I’m comfortable at a place then it’s going to make my game so much better. I’ll say those are the kinds of factors when it comes to deciding on a college.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.