Looks like a good fit for Ukiah QB Kyle Morris

Congrats to Kyle Morris of Ukiah on receiving a football scholarship to Idaho State University.

I loved watching Morris play. He’s an excellent QB and passer. He has good presence in the pocket and a good throwing motion. He could also scramble when the need be. Two of the best games of the year involved Ukiah and Morris, a couple of last minute losses, one to Rancho Cotate, 35-32, and a playoff game to Ygnacio Valley, 34-33. Morris had big numbers in both games.

It was a special year for large school quarterbacks in the Empire. Randy Wright had a superb season for Cardinal Newman and Matt O’Brien was outstanding. O’Brien played both QB and defensive back, where he led the Empire with eight interceptions.

Morris and Wright are tall and lanky. Idaho State sounds like a good fit for Morris, a Div. I AA school that plays in the Big Sky Conference. College ball is a big adjustment, but it’s easier to adjust if the player likes the school and the coaches.

Idaho State was only 1-11 last year, but the coaches have only been there two years and they’re obviously trying to improve through recruiting. There are a lot of JC players on the Bengals’ roster, good for a team looking to get better quickly.

Morris has no problem red-shirting, but the coach told him that they never tell a recruit he’ll red-shirt when he comes in. They let camp and the early season play out.

The Bengals play in a dome stadium in Pocatello that is already nearly 40 years old. Last year they opened against Boise State and next season they open with Arizona State and Oklahoma.

February 4 is the signing date for Div. I college football programs, but most of the players from the Empire usually wait until after that deadline, when the lower tiered colleges know who went where and are ready to fill out their rosters.