2022 QB MJ Morris talks FSU spring game, upcoming decision

Prospects from a multitude of classes made the trek to Tallahassee earlier this month to attend Florida State’s annual spring game. 2022 quarterback MJ Morris, one of the top signal-callers on the board for #Tribe22, was one of the visitors in attendance. He came away impressed by the fan turnout which surpassed 10K despite COVID-19 protocols still in place.

“It was just absolutely amazing,” Morris said. “I wasn’t expecting that many fans to be there. When we got there, it was raining pretty hard and this is a spring game. It felt like it was a college game that’s absolutely what it felt like. It was amazing just being around that atmosphere, when I walked into the stadium it was packed, it was loaded.”

Prior to the action, Morris spent some time at the Unconquered Statue around the other recruits who were in town. He got a chance to speak with current commitments, five-star defensive back Travis Hunter and four-star quarterback Nicco Marchiol.

“I saw Nicco [Marchiol] and Travis [Hunter], I spoke to them,” Morris said. “I spoke to Travis for a little bit and he was just telling me about Florida State, how great of a place it is, and that this is the place to be. I’ve actually been speaking to Nicco for a while, me and him have kind of been building a connection on and off for a bit. He just tells me that Florida State is a great place too and when he goes to campus he tells me every time. They say it is a great place and now that I’ve seen it in person, I definitely agree with them.”

“It was great just to see all of the talent that Florida State is trying to bring in,” Morris continued. “As a quarterback, that’s definitely important because you’re going to be around a bunch of athletes that you can play with for three to four years.”

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The Georgia native liked what he saw from quarterbacks Jordan Travis and McKenzie Milton during the spring game. They each made their fair share of plays in the battle for the starting spot. Morris could see himself fitting into the offense.

“I thought the quarterback gameplay was really good,” Morris said. “Seeing Jordan Travis make all of those plays, how well he moved the offense and moved the ball. Seeing McKenzie Milton, the amazing throws he made, coming off of that injury, it’s great to see the progress that he’s had. He looked comfortable out there, the offense moved well around him. I could definitely see myself playing that role for them [FSU].”

Head coach Mike Norvell and offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham have been two of his main contacts with the Seminoles. His relationship with Dillingham dates back to the coach’s time at Auburn. Morris enjoys both of their coaching styles and notes that Dillingham still hasn’t beat him in Madden this offseason.

“I absolutely love coach Norvell’s coaching style,” Morris said. “He’s high energy, he’ll coach you well, tell you when you’re wrong, praise you when you’re right. I love that coaching staff, that’s definitely a coach I want to play for when I go to college somewhere. Me and coach Dillingham, our relationship goes back to when he was at Auburn, so we have a very strong relationship. We talk all the time, we talk ball, we talk life, we play on the game, our relationship is crazy strong.”

After the game, Morris and his family spent some time walking around the campus but didn’t get to tour the entire school. He’s scheduled to visit Nebraska on May 1 and then would like to return to Florida State.

“We walked around the campus, it was still crowded, so we didn’t get to see the whole thing,” Morris said. “We were trying to see it before the game but there was a lot of traffic and it was raining. I’m gonna visit Nebraska on May 1 and after that we’re going to go back to Tallahassee to see the campus, the full thing. I was trying to stay the night, I know a lot of recruits did, but we had to get back home.”

In March, the Pace Academy product stated on Hear The Spear that he was planning to make his commitment in May. The contenders are FSU, NC State, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, and Stanford. It’s possible that he pushes things back until the summer with the dead period scheduled to be lifted on June 1.

“That’s kind of what my family and I are thinking [May],” Morris said. “I don’t want to wait too long. I’m visiting Nebraska on May 1 and back to Tallahassee one more time. I’ll probably make a decision after that.”

“Florida State, NC State, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, and Stanford,” Morris continued. “Those are the schools I’m going to be making my decision out of.”

Morris named Florida State his leader earlier this offseason. Did his visit in April improve the Seminoles chances of landing him?

“Florida State is an extremely high priority for me,” Morris said. “It’s been a high priority ever since they offered me, when coach Dillingham got there he offered me and we’ve just been talking. I’ve always loved Florida State since that time. I loved them before then when Jameis Winston was there. I’ve always had a strong love for FSU and watched them on TV all the time. After seeing them in person, how great the culture is, how loyal the fanbase is, being on campus, knowing it’s a football town. That’s definitely what you want as a high school recruit going into college. It definitely helped a lot.”

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound quarterback is ranked as the No. 207 overall prospect, the No. 6 DT QB, and the No. 20 player in the state of Georgia in the 2022 class according to 247Sports.

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