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Allen QB Alec Morris receives first offer
May 24, 2011VYPE MAGAZINE - 8-5A
Allen quarterback Alec Morris has been on the verge of an offer for months. After talking with Wake Forest offensive coordinator Tom Elrod on Tuesday, the barrier has been broken.
"I'm really excited they pulled the trigger," Morris texted. "Being the first offer I have received, they are very high on my list. I want to make a visit over the summer."
Morris returns as starter to Allen's high-powered program and was the top quarterback at the NIKE Invite Camp in Fort Worth last month and performed well at the recent Houston camp.
Morris also has looked strong in Allen's spring practices according to Eagles coach Tom Westerberg.
Wake’s offer likely could bring others. Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia has been expressing a lot of interest in Morris lately as well as Arizona State, Northwestern, Michigan State, Utah, Arkansas and Oklahoma State.
With lots of colleges interested, it was finally Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe who has had a knack at making good calls on Texas talent getting only a few offers -- see ACC star DL Nikita Whitlock among others.
Morris (6-3, 230) has improved in all areas since taking over as starter last season. His arm strength, mobility and accuracy and all throws is much more consistent.
Morris completed 182 of 298 passes for 2,533 yards and 22 touchdowns while throwing just six interceptions last season. He also rushed 74 times for 216 yards. He was in a spring and early summer competition for the starting spot with athletic Allen receiver Oliver Pierce, who would offer a Riley Dodge clone with his speed and roll-out passing accuracy. Morris is more similar to former SLC QB Greg McElroy who was Alabama’s starter the last two years including the BCS championship game over Texas in the Rose Bowl.
Once Allen went with Morris, the Eagles never looked back. Pierce, a nationally ranked wrestler in the 150-pound weight classes, is utilized as a change-of-pace QB who makes defenses lots watch of film during the week to prepare, but Morris is the Eagles' guy.
He led Allen to a 10-2 record last season which ended with a 37-35 showdown loss to Euless Trinity in the second-round of the Class 5A Division I state playoffs at Cowboys Stadium.
Morris has a quick delivery with a strength in getting passes out quickly, a common trait of quarterbacks spending off-season time with former Texas A&M standout Kevin Murray. Morris often works with other top quarterbacks -- TCU commit Kolby Listenbee and Virginia Tech commit T.J. Millweard of Fort Worth All Saints -- as part of Murray’s workouts.
Morris, Listenbee and Millweard among the state's top-rated quarterbacks along with Klein Forest's Matt Davis, Abilene Cooper's Clayton Nicholas, San Antonio Reagan's Trevor Knight, Sanger's Dane Evans, Coppell's Jake Larson and Arlington's Josh Greer.