Michigan Football Recruiting: Shane Morris — 2013 Time Capsule

Posted at 7:00am — 2/7/2013

Michigan Football Recruiting: Shane Morris — 2013 GBMWolverine Recruiting Class Capsule

Gunslinger Shane Morris was the first commitment in the Wolverines 2013 recruiting class. Get up to date on his recruitment and learn more about Suga Shane the lefty phenom.

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan 2013 Signed Commit Shane Morris.

Height: 6’3
Weight: 190
Number: 12
Current Position: Quarterback
Future Position: Quarterback
City/State: Warren, Michigan
High School: De La Salle
Head Coach: Paul Verska
Recruiter: Coach Fred Jackson and Coach Al Borges
Official Visit: 12/14/2012
Committed: 5/10/2011
Top 5 other Offers: Alabama, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Syracuse, and Tennessee.
40-Time: 4.63
Shuttle: 4.6
Vertical: 28″
Class: 2013 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Signed).

Follow Shane: on Twitter

Rankings: 24/7: … ESPN: … Rivals: … Scout: .
GBMWolverine Rankings:

Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

Side Note:

Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

His Recruiting Story:

Anyone who follows Michigan recruiting does not need a long introduction to the left-handed rope thrower who is not only a top-notch recruit, but also a super recruiter for the Wolverines. Since committing to the maize and blue, Morris has seen Twitter Nation following swell to almost 22,000 followers, and hasn’t even taken his first collegiate snap. However, even though Shane grew up a fan of Michigan, and in a Wolverine crazy family his first attention came from Toledo, Cincinnati, and even the Spartans came calling before Michigan.

That is because whether at camps, 7-on-7’s, or on the field he makes people take note, and players or coaches are naturally drawn to his personality, leadership, and of course cannon for an arm. During his junior outing he amassed almost 1,700 yards of passing, and 9 TDs while leading his team to a 9-3 record, and the second round of the playoffs. However, once Michigan gave him the nod he quickly went blue, and has been a Michigan verbal commit for almost 21 months and was never interested in looking elsewhere.

His Commitment Comments:

“I love it there. The whole atmosphere. I love the people there. When I walk in know, I know they welcome me as part of the family,” Morris said in an interview with Scout, “We’re going to win a national championship”.

GBMWolverine Commentary:

Morris has that it quality of leadership, and swag about himself and his game. That confidence is bolstered by his ability to throw constant fastballs on a rope anywhere on the field. He possesses decent height, and size that make it more than possibility to add some bulk that will allow for the hits he will take in the B1G 10. He has made strides in reading defenses, and not fixating on routes, and has the ability to make all the throws.

Shane; however, often displays that fastball too often, and must learn to use touch and placement if he is to be the complete package. The lack of depth at QB in the Michigan roster means he will definitely be in a fight for the two-deep, though we do not expect him to unseat incumbent Devin Gardner, he will see significant snaps, and could potentially pass up Bellomy for the #2 spot.

Overview:

He is an excellent student who plays at one of the top programs in the state of Michigan. Will be highly regarded as one of the top quarterbacks not only in the state, but the country in the 2013 recruiting class.

Classic pro style quarterback with outstanding height and cannon for an arm. Has been a two year starter at one of the top high school programs in Michigan. Has led De La Salle to a record of 18-6 over the last two seasons and two play off appearances. Threw for 1139 yards and 14 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions as a Sophomore. He had 1,658 yards and 19 touchdowns to seven interceptions his Junior year.

Also was invited to the Elite 11 competition, The Opening, Grid Iron Kings along with the ESPN Under Armour All-Star Game.

Strengths:

Tall strong armed lefty who shows good pocket presence and solid movement skills. Does a good job of scanning the field and keeps his feet moving. Good accuracy on short passing game and also shows good huddle presence on film. Absolute cannon hanging from his shoulder.

Concerns/Needs Work:

Must shorten and speed up his release. Also needs to improve his touch, tendency to overthrow the ball. Would also like to see a bit higher release.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will likely play even though we would hopefully like to see him be red-shirted his first year to learn the system along with not having all the pressure on him as a true freshman especially if Devin Gardner does indeed get his medical year clearance, but he will probably be forced into playing very early with the depth/talent issues at quarterback right now at Michigan.

Shane Morris reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Chad Henne — who played quarterback at Michigan.

Video Highlights:

Elite 11:

Junior Highlights:

Final Thoughts:

We welcome Shane Morris to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — – Steve Kleintank — SKWDCOP

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