This is Part II of III in the recruiting profile series leading up to Wednesday’s signing day. We feature quarterback Alec Morris in today’s newspaper.
TUSCALOOSA — Something about this recruiting process didn’t add up for Allen (Texas) High School coach Tom Westerberg.
His 6-3, strong-armed quarterback named Alec Morris has all the tools. Why isn’t he ranked among the nation’s elite?
Morris was rated a 3-star prospect on the 5-star scale used by the major recruiting services. Rivals.com ranked him the 30th-best quarterback in the country while Scout said he was No. 37. Only a few schools offered scholarships.
After he first committed to Wake Forest, Alabama entered the picture. Morris changed his pledge to the Tide in August and will sign as the only quarterback in Alabama’s class Wednesday.
“Once he gets there and people see him, they’ll figure out why we couldn’t figure out why he didn’t have more offers,” Westerberg said.
So Morris was undervalued in the recruiting process?
“I know he is,” Westerberg said. “He’ll be playing at Alabama and I wouldn’t doubt he’ll be playing past that at the next level.”
Scott Kennedy, the director of scouting for Scout.com, said the class of 2012 wasn’t “a strong year for quarterbacks.
“It was Jameis Winston or bust for me,” he said referencing the Hueytown quarterback committed to Florida State. “You see Alec Morris here, he’s serviceable. Alabama hasn’t needed to have Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley or Matt Stafford out there to win. So field generals are good.”
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