August 11, 2010

Texas H-back commits to CSU

The young stable of Colorado State quarterbacks got a new weapon for 2011 with the commitment of Odessa (Tex.) receiver/running back Tommey Morris. The 6-foot, 200-pound Morris said he connected with cornerbacks coach and fellow Texas native, Tim Duffie and felt like Wednesday was the right time to pull the trigger on his commitment.

He is the 11th known commitment to Colorado State in the Class of 2011.

"I really liked the coaches there," Morris said. "I talked to Coach Duffie a lot and he is real nice. Colorado is a nice state, everybody in my family likes to visit up there and it is a little cooler up there too. I want to get out of the heat - it is pretty hot up here, so that is a plus."

While Morris is a bit of an unknown, his high school certainly isn't. Permian High School was featured in the book and movie, "Friday Night Lights." As a Junior in the Permian offense last fall, Morris caught 30 passes for 533 yards and five touchdowns. Close to the goal line, Morris moved into the Permian backfield where he ran 46 times for 224 yards and 10 more scores.

"I think I can catch almost anything thrown to me," Morris said. "That is my best asset is my hands. I feel like anytime we need a big play, I can make it."

He said the Rams are telling him he will play some running back, some tight end and H-back. According to Morris, the Rams started recruiting this past off-season and sent a coach to watch his practice this spring. Thanks to their large showing of support, Morris said he decided to pull the trigger on his commitment today.

Morris reports a 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash, a 285-pound bench press and a 450-pound squat and a 1450 SAT score. Morris held a scholarship from Colorado State and was talking to SMU, New Mexico, New Mexico State and Missouri. He has not yet been to Fort Collins for a visit, but plans on seeing Colorado early in the season this fall. He said if other schools come knocking, he will listen, but for now is pleased to be a Ram.

"Colorado State showed the most interest in me," Morris said. "I like the school and I like everyone of the coaches there. I just wanted to start the season with my decision made so I could concentrate on football. If something else comes up, I still have to weigh my options, but as for now, I am with CSU."

In addition to playing football, Morris also powerlifts competitively and triple jumps. The son of a state track champion, Morris said he plans to major in engineering and said the CSU coaches were pretty happy to receive his commitment this week.

"They (the coaches) seemed pretty happy," Morris said. "They told me I was the number one guy on their board. I got to talk to the offensive coordinator and he was talking about how he could use me. They said they waited for me and were glad they got me."

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