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Mike Morris: “My dream was to be a `Nole.”

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Florida State’s recruiting has been taking off under Willie Taggart. Tribe19 has added five commitments since April 9. The class ascended to No. 1 in the country earlier this week before falling to No. 3 behind Oklahoma and Alabama.

But Tribe19 didn’t just begin earlier in April. It started on February 27, 2016, when four-star defensive end Michael Morris Jr. decided to commit to the Seminoles. He was the first member of this class and his pledge has held strong for over two years.

Morris’ dad played offensive line at Florida State back in the 80’s. Being a legacy recruit played a big factor in his decision because Morris had been back to FSU with his dad multiple times and really loved the culture. He also had known Jimbo Fisher and the old coaching staff since he was a child.

Things changed when Fisher moved on and his staff was ousted at Florida State. Morris doesn’t really know the new coaching staff and he’s still trying to develop relationships with them. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect is planning to get back up to Tallahassee so he can continue to get to know the new coaches.

Morris hails from American Heritage High School. Tarvarus McFadden and Brian Burns are two Seminoles who both came through American Heritage. The four-star defensive end is ranked as the No. 221 overall player and the No. 16 SDE in the country by the 247 Sports composite rankings.

Check out our full interview with Tribe19’s first commitment below.

NoleGameday: You committed to FSU over two years ago. Why did you decide that was the right time?

Michael Morris: “My dream was to be a `Nole. I knew the old coaching staff since I was a little kid because my dad played with them or against them.”

NoleGameday: Did it mean anything to become the first member of Tribe19?

Morris: “It meant a lot to me. It was a big accomplishment for me. I was just very proud of myself.”

NoleGameday: Did your commitment waver at all when the switch was made from Jimbo Fisher to Willie Taggart?

Morris: “I would say I became more open because I didn’t know the coaching staff and I need to go up there to get to know them a lot better. They seem like a bunch of good people that want the best but again I don’t know them well enough yet.”

NoleGameday: How big of a factor was being a legacy recruit in your decision to pick FSU?

Morris: “Honestly, it really played a big factor because going to the games with my father really inspired me and made me want to be a part of that.”

NoleGameday: What’s it like to join the pipeline from American Heritage to FSU, especially with guys like Tarvarus McFadden and Brian Burns coming through recently?

Morris: “That’s what American Heritage is all about. Putting kids in high-level football and getting an education at the same time.”

NoleGameday: You’ve been on campus with Fisher as the head coach and also since Taggart has taken over. Have you noticed any changes?

Morris: “It’s a lot more energetic. The coaches are a lot more energetic.”

NoleGameday: Who was the most influential Coach in your recruitment?

Morris: “Lawrence Dawsey, Charles Kelly, Bill Miller, Brad Lawing, Odell Haggins”

NoleGameday: How do you think you fit in amongst their current defensive ends?

Morris: “I think I fit in pretty well, I can get out there and hold my own.”

NoleGameday: Have you gotten a chance to talk to Mark Snyder?

Morris: “Yeah, I was just talking to him earlier today actually. I’m just looking forward to seeing what he does this upcoming season. I never heard of him before this year.”

NoleGameday: What have you focused on getting better at this offseason?

Morris: “My speed, that’s definitely something I’m working on.”

NoleGameday: Who are you trying to recruit to FSU?

Morris: “Khris Bogle, John Dunmore, Mark-Antony Richards. That’s really it right now.”

NoleGameday: What are your predictions for Tribe19?

Morris: “We gonna do some damage. We gonna shock the world.”


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