Elite 11 Watch: Star southpaw Shane Morris
January, 12, 2012
By Christopher Parish | ESPN.com
Throughout this offseason, we’ll spotlight Class of 2013 quarterbacks who have a shot at making the Elite 11 finals in July. This week we profile De La Salle (Warren, Mich.) standout and Michigan commit Shane Morris.
Some of the nation’s most impressive quarterbacks were at the same Elite 11 regional camp last May at Ohio State. It was a list that included Chad Kelly, Gunner Kiel and Jameis Winston. But one of the most impressive recruits in the competition was an underclassman. Warren De La Salle signal-caller Shane Morris stood out thanks to a unique combination of arm strength and a quick, accurate delivery. Having completed his junior season, Morris is looking forward to his opportunity to return to the event and vie for a spot in the finals. The standout QB talked to us about last year’s event and his expectations for this year.
ESPNHS: What was your impression of the Elite 11 camp you attended last year?
Morris: It was an awesome event. Being at Ohio State and having some of the top quarterbacks from the Class of 2012, being around that competition, that was great. I loved that atmosphere and I had a great time just learning from other kids and coaches. We had outstanding coaches. The whole experience was great.
ESPNHS: What are some of the things you learned?
Morris: I was really taking in the stuff they were telling us about not forcing every throw. I don’t have to throw it that hard. If I take a little off and really focus on the accuracy, I have a strong enough arm to get it there with great velocity. So I’ve been concentrating on that in the offseason, and I used it quite a bit this season. I feel like it helped me a lot.
ESPNHS: How do you think your experience at the event will help you at this year’s event?
Morris: My QB coach had gone down to the event with me, and we both learned a lot of stuff from the warmups we were doing and the drills, how do do three-step and five-step drops correctly, and we went back and incorporated a lot of that stuff into our workouts. Hopefully I can take a lot of that knowledge this year and get myself into the Elite 11 final in California.
ESPNHS: What are some of the things you've been working on this offseason?
Morris: So far a lot of three-step and five-step drop work. I’m working on my stance, getting my hips turned around when I throw, stuff like that. I’m not leaving any little thing to chance. I’m even working on handing the ball off to the running back and taking the snap from under center. I’m not going to overlook any little thing. I’m never good enough in my opinion.
ESPNHS: It seems like that’s a pattern for you, that you’re never satisfied. Is that what motivates you?
Morris: Oh definitely. Last year at Elite 11, they told me I did really well. I was second behind Gunner Kiel. But with them telling me that, I walked out of there and I knew I had made some bad throws and I could have thrown a better spiral. My dad was telling me I did great, but I know I could have been better.
Steve Johnson/ESPNHSThe Michigan-bound Morris has a big arm and a big personality.
ESPNHS: What were some of your thoughts as you watched Michigan in the Sugar Bowl?
Morris: It was an awesome game. The way they played, it just really shows what the seniors went though for the past few years and what they overcame this year. Those seniors had a lot of pride.
ESPNHS: Finally, what are some of the things you’re most looking forward to about your senior season?
Morris: Just being with my classmates, really. We went through a lot these past few years. And finally being able to play against kids my own age. I’ve always played against kids three or four years older than me. I think it’s going to be kind of fun. All of the seniors with me who have been playing together since we were freshmen on varsity, we’re finally going to play against kids who are 18 just like us. And our focus is going to be winning our school its first state championship. So that’ll be a lot of fun.
School: De La Salle (Warren, Mich.)
2011 Team Record: 9-3 (Lost in Division I regional final)
Completions-Attempts: 121-235 (.515)
Rushing Yards: 150
Rushing TDs: 6