November 14, 2012

Spartans looking closely at legacy

Spartan fans can remember the days when Jim Morrissey was terrorizing Big Ten running backs for the Green and White. Matt Morrissey is the youngest son of the former All-Big Ten performer and the Spartan staff is taking a close look at the 6-foot-3, 185-pound prospect from Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Spartanmag.co caught with Morrissey and got the latest on his recruitment.

Morrissey just finished up and outstanding junior campaign for Stevenson High School. His strong play on both sides of the ball helped the team to an 8-3 overall record. The Patriots advanced to the 2nd round of the playoffs before losing a tough contest to Glenbard North by a score of 23-15. His regular season statistics (10-games) included 33 catches for 563-yards and 62 tackles.

Now that Morrissey has completed his junior season he is beginning to play more attention to his recruitment and numerous teams are very interested. He spoke with us about the schools that are currently involved.

"I am in contact with most of the Big Ten schools as well as Notre Dame, Boston College and Vanderbilt. I have visited Illinois, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Purdue. I have been offered my Toledo."

At 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, Morrissey has a frame that will be able to add some more quality weight. Despite the linebacker genes in his family the younger Morrissey indicated that teams see him as a safety prospect at the next level. He will likely play in college at a weight of around 205 to 210-pounds.

Though his father is well known in Spartan lore, he is not the only Morrissey family member with strong ties to Michigan State University.

"Both my mom and my dad attended Michigan State and my sister plays basketball there right now," Morrissey said. Michigan State is a great program with an awesome tradition and I have kept in touch the coaches a little bit."

His sister, Anna Morrissey, is a sophomore on the Lady Spartans team and is known for being a defensive specialist.

Morrissey is still in the early stages of the recruiting process and he indicated that he is looking forward to learning more about many of the schools that are actively pursuing him. He spoke with us about what his college decision will ultimately come down to.

"I am looking for the right fit academically and athletically," he stated. I want a program that will help me to become the best possible student-athlete I can be."

It will be interesting to see whether the Spartans decide to offer Morrissey. Based on our film evaluation he reminds us of former Northwester safety Brian Peters. Morrisey's best football is still ahead of him and you cannot discount the fact that he comes from a family with such a rich athletic tradition that has strong ties to Michigan State University.

Note: Matt Morrissey's older brother Mike Morrissey had a fine career as a linebacker at Boston College. The Spartans, under John L. Smith, evaluated Mike, but did not offer him a scholarship. He ended up taking a preferred walk-on spot for the Eagles and was awarded a scholarship in his sophomore year.


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