July 28, 2011

California stars getting Ram interest

Once upon a time the idea of summer camping meant going to a spot in the woods and lighting a camp fire. For college football prospects like Temecula, California's Matt Morin, camping means putting on the miles to get in front of college football coaches.

This summer the 6-foot-3, 229-pound signalcaller from Chaparral
High School went to college camps at USC, UCLA and Washington. He also managed to get to Nike Training Camps at Stanford, Washington and USC. Morin made an appearance at the Elite 11 Camp at Stanford before the entire season was over too.

"It was a lot of fun," said Morin. "The big thing I learned is how some schools do their recruiting. Some schools wait and some schools don't. No matter how good you are, you still aren't the best and you have to keep working."

Last season Morin threw for about 1600 yards, accounted for 15 TD, four interceptions and roughly 450 rushing.

Chaparral Coach Ryan Tukua said Morin's strength is his flexibility, saying his ability to run means he can direct offenses ranging from the pro-style to the pistol and even the spread.

"He is 6-3, 229 and runs a 4.6 40 and has an NFL-type arm," said Tukua. "He brings the whole Tim TeBow aspect and with his arm he can throw any routes you can call. He is a physical kid, a real competitive kid and gives you the option to run the zone read, or the option.

"He is probably the hardest-working player we have ever had in terms of running and throwing. He loves football more than anyone we have ever seen. He is a big-time prospect."

Morin's offer list includes Arizona State, Colorado State and San Diego State. He said he is also hearing regularly from UCLA and Vanderbilt.

"Right now there are two schools I am talking to - UCLA, I talk to their recruiters every week," said Morin. "I still talk to Arizona State every week. The other one I contacted the other day was Vanderbilt and I talked to them for about 30 minutes. Those are the three that are coming after me hard."

Morin said he has also been in touch with Colorado State Quarterback Coach Daren Wilkinson on a regular basis.

"I talked to Coach Wilkinson about every two or three weeks," Morin said. "I give him a call to check up how he is doing and he wants to know where I've been and how I am feeling. It is a great school, I would love to go there. I'd love to get out there for an official visit this fall."

Morin said he hasn't pressed Colorado State for where he stands on their recruiting board, but feels good that the Rams are very interested.

"I haven't asked them that," Morin said. "They said they love me a lot and all they do is say good things about me. I think that is a good sign."

Morin said he is open in his recruitment right now and without favorites, but said he would like to get his college choice out of the way before the season starts.

"His options are pretty open," Tukua said. "San Diego State, ASU, CSU and UCLA have been talking to him a lot lately. UCLA supposedly hasn't offered a quarterback, but he is supposedly one of their top guys. USC was looking at him. That was on and off. His options are open. He is looking for what the best fit is for him.

"Now he has time to figure out which direction he wants to go."

Morrin's teammate , Teddy Queenalso holds a scholarship offer from the Rams. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Queen runs a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, despite standing 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds. The Chaparral defender has played defensive end as well as outside linebacker.

"He is one of the most explosive defensive linemen in the state of California," said Tukua. "He has started for us since his sophomore year and gotten better every year. His strengths are his explosiveness and he plays 100 miles per hour each play. A lot of times players of his skill levels take plays off. He plays with passion and a motor and that makes him a special player."

Tukua said Queen played as a rush end in their 4-3 scheme two seasons ago and will play as an end this season when the team switches to a 3-4.

Queen's offers include San Diego State, Nevada, Colorado and Colorado State. This morning, Tukua said he was under the impression Queen and his family were checking out the University of Nevada.

After a CIF title in 2009, Chaparral slumped to 4-7 last season, despite going into the season ranked third. After a rough schedule contributed to an 0-4 start, Chaparral ended the season in the first round of the CIF playoffs.


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