2022 Top QB M.J. Morris Talks FSU and Recruiting

Since arriving at Florida State, Mike Norvell and his staff have made it a priority to recruit better at quarterback. After signing two signal-callers in 2020 and landing one for 2021, the staff has started identifying their targets for 2022. One of the recruits at the top of their board is Carrollton, GA standout M.J. Morris. We caught up with him to talk about his recruitment and to see how his relationship with the coaches at FSU is evolving. 

M.J. Morris is one of the top players in the 2022 class as he is considered to be the #2 dual-threat quarterback and 41st overall player in the 247Sports ratings. His recruitment has been as busy as expected as he has 25 offers from schools like FSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, Oregon, LSU, Georgia, Auburn, Penn State, Texas A&M and a slew of others. 

While FSU had Chad Mascoe committed, they have been actively recruiting quarterbacks they feel fit their system. Morris has emerged as one of their top targets on their board and he says he’s been in touch with Coach Dillingham weekly.

“I’ve been interested in Coach Dillingham from when he was at Auburn, and now that he’s at FSU we’ve been talking weekly,” said Morris. “I like him a lot; he’s cool and we have a good relationship. I loved the way he ran his offense at Auburn. I was talking to him the other day. Our conversations are always good and we talk about whatever. I like how he’s a straight shooter.”

“He said something to me asking if I had seen that Mascoe decommitted,” Morris continued. “I said I had. He was telling me about how I am a scheme fit and that they want to build the 2022 class around me. A lot of the schools say that but it is good to hear that from FSU.”

With the spread of the coronavirus, M.J.’s plans for a March visit had to be put on hold. He says that he intends to get to FSU at some point. Getting a chance to visit FSU, as well as other schools he’s considering, is important because Morris is wanting to not wait too long to commit before the QB dominoes start to fall.

“I have been talking to Coach Dillingham about visiting but I can’t now because of the virus,” explained Morris. “I’ll probably go to camp, throw, sit in on meetings and hang with the coaches and see if I could get used to it there. I’ve never been there to meet this staff so I need to visit to be around them, and see what it’s like. I had visited Georgia in February, and I was trying to visit Oregon, Michigan and Penn State this spring. I don’t want to wait too long to make a decision, but I also don’t want to rush it. I want to make sure the school is a perfect fit so I need to take these visits.”

Morris says that he hasn’t formed a list of favorites yet but says that FSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State and Oregon are recruiting him the heaviest at this time. 

“I am just going with the flow right now and I am still open at this time,” Morris said. “I don’t have a list or anything, but I know the schools that are recruiting me the hardest right now. I am looking for a school that has the best blend of academics, the right coaching staff, and a place that feels like home. I want to go to a school that is going to make me a better person and help me get to the NFL.”

As a sophomore, M.J. threw for 2,300 yards, 23 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He also ran for 6 scores on the ground. 

We will continue to track M.J.’s recruitment as we head into spring and summer.

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