Delray Beach (FL) American Heritage defensive end Mike Morris flipped from Florida State to Michigan on Sunday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Clemson, Florida, Miami, and Oklahoma, among others.
Morris is listed anywhere from 6’5″, 240 lbs. to 6’6″, 258 lbs.
ESPN: 4-star, 81 grade, #34 DE, #275 overall
Rivals: 4-star, 5.8 grade, #25 WDE
247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #31 SDE
Hit the jump for more on Morris’s commitment.
Morris was committed to Florida State since early in 2016. However, obviously a coaching change has taken place since then (Jimbo Fisher to Willie Taggart), and Florida State was fairly close to being 0-2 this year after they won a close game against Samford this past weekend. Meanwhile, Morris was at Michigan for the blowout victory over Western Michigan. Morris was considered a strong flip candidate heading into last weekend, and his crystal ball picks were 100% in favor of the Wolverines.
Morris is a big body who hasn’t stopped growing yet. He’s listed at 6’5″ or 6’6″, and that doesn’t look like an exaggeration. He has a good get-off, and he uses his hands well to strike blockers. He shows an ability to play low and be extremely powerful.
Morris needs to improve his stance, and he plays too high in high school. He also has a tendency to loaf if the play is run away from him.
Overall, Morris is a nice piece for Michigan to add to its 2019 class. He reminds me somewhat of former Michigan commit Rashad Weaver, who has developed into a solid player for Pitt. Morris could end up playing strongside end, or he could become a 3-tech at Michigan. I think he could be a dominant 3-tech with Michigan’s coaching staff.
Michigan now has 21 commits in the 2019 class, now including five defensive linemen: weakside end Gabe Newburg, strongside end/3-tech Chris Hinton, Jr., defensive tackle Mazi Smith, defensive end David Ojabo, and Morris. The Wolverines need some replenishing on the interior line with two fifth-year guys graduating after this season (Bryan Mone, Lawrence Marshall) and only one established player slated to return in 2019 (Aubrey Solomon, who is currently injured).
TTB Rating: 81 (ratings explanation)
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