April 3, 2012
Morris pulls the trigger, becomes TCU's 2nd 2013 commit
When Denton Guyer junior offensive lineman Patrick Morris was looking at colleges to attend, he was looking for a place that felt like home.
And he found it in Fort Worth as he committed on Tuesday to play for the Frogs in 2013.
"They had a really family vibe over there," Morris said. "I just liked that it was a tight-knit group coaches and players. It just felt like where I should be."
The head of that tight-knit family is head coach Gary Patterson and Morris said the coach made a great impact on him.
"He just seemed really down to earth and not like a lot of coaches I met during the recruiting process," Morris said. "In fact a lot of other schools that were recruiting me sent assistant coaches instead of their head coaches."
But the coaches weren't the only thing that drew the 6-foot-3, 288-pound lineman to Fort Worth.
"I just liked everything really. They've got a great campus, been consistently good and being new to the Big 12 is good," Morris said. "I'm actually really excited about the Big 12. Living in Texas, that's what we're always watching, so TCU being the new Big 12 school will be exciting."
Like most other schools, TCU has become a spread offense, which Morris is OK with, but he loves using his strength to improve the running game.
"A lot of schools are doing the spread offense," Morris said. "But all the time I spent watching practice at TCU, I saw more zone and power runs than I saw at a lot of other schools."
Morris should make it possible to improve the already-potent TCU offense as he can bench 365 pounds and squat 610.
TCU is less than an hour from Denton, but Morris said that didn't affect his decision at all.
"I don't think it would have mattered where I went," Morris said. "I will be busy with college and football so I don't think I will be running home every other weekend."
"I'll work as hard as I can from day one, but I don't know when I will be able to get on the field. I think that is too far in the future right now," Morris said.
Guyer went 8-4 last year and averaged 31.25 points a game, with a balanced offense that featured a 2,000-yard passer and two rushers than ran more than 130 times.
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