May 20, 2013

Morrissey stock is on rise

Athlete Matt Morrissey of Stevenson High School in Illinois got a chance to showcase his skills this weekend and did not disappoint. SpartanMag.com has some details about his performance and his recruitment.

This past weekend the Midwest series of the IMG 7v7 National Tournament took place and the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Morrissey was one of the standout performers. Rivals.com Midwest Analyst Josh Helmholdt had Morrissey as his top performer on the day and had teh following to say about him.

"It was a dominant performance on both sides of the football for Morrissey, who holds five scholarship offers. Playing safety, he registered at least one interception and several pass breakups. He also played extensively at wide receiver and was getting separation throughout the day, hauling in several touchdown receptions. Morrissey does play a little stiff, but his straight-line speed is excellent and he has outstanding ball skills."

The position Morrissey ends up playing in college will likely have a lot to do with just how big he gets. If he ends up being 225-pounds he will certainly follow in his father's footsteps and be a linebacker at the next level. If he stays in the 215-pound range he could stick as a safety in the mold of a Brian Peters who starred at Northwestern recently. In addition, Morrissey offensive skills cannot be discounted as well and he could play wide receiver at the next level as well. He reminds SpartanMag.com of a Riley Cooper at the same stage of development.

No matter where Morrissey ends p you can be sure he is going to make an impact. His nose for the ball and play-making skills are something that are not just taught.

We spoke with Morrissey about his recruitment and he offered the following information.

"I have offers from Boston College, Illinois, Toledo, Central Michigan and Western Michigan. I keep in contact with Michigan State, Iowa State, Vanderbilt, Stanford, and some others. Most teams are recruiting me as a safety or roll-down linebacker."

The strong family ties to Michigan State University is a positive factors and the word SpartanMag.com has is that it may just be a situation of Morrissey testing well at camp and sitting down with Coach Dantonio in order to receiver a Michigan State scholarship. We asked Morrissey about his contact with Michigan State.

"I believe that I have received very positive feedback from the Spartans, and I am very excited to get to know their coaches. I hope to eventually earn a scholarship, but I have not talked to them much about that yet. I do not have any visits planned, but I hope to get back up there soon."

Michigan State is making Illinois recruiting a priority this year. The Spartans already have 3 high-level recruits from there and the possibility of landing a player like Morrissey would only enhance that success. It also could help with several other area prospects who are taking notice of the level of talent the Spartans are bring in.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Morrissey in the coming weeks. We will be sure to keep an eye out for him at a session of camp next months as well.

Matt Dorsey's Take: Some assumed that Michigan State could be done at linebacker after landing Chris Frey, but that is not the case. The Spartan staff is set on bringing in athletic players that could project at linebacker, but also could play other positions as well. Every linebacker currently committed for 2014 can and does excel on the other side of the ball. In addition, nobody knows how big players like Morrissey or Byron Bullough may or may not get.

Morrissey is probably not going to run a 4.4 at MSU's Camp. Where he excels is top end speed and covering ground from a running start. If he runs in the 4.6 range and shows explosiveness in the vertical and broad jump that is what will count.

A few years ago Michigan State evaluated Matt Morrissey's brother Mike. Mike Morrissey had a solid career at Boston College, appearing in every contest his junior and senior season and starting 7 games. We have spoken with a quality source that has seen both brothers in action and they have said Matt's ceiling is much higher than his brother. Not only is he viewed as a better athlete, but he also should have more size before all is said and done. If Matt plays with the same intensity and desire as his brother and father, the future could be very tough for the opposition of whatever school he attends.

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