Meet 2016 Commit JaCorey Morris

The University of South Carolina gained its second member of its class of 2016 earlier this week with Clarke County linebacker JaCorey Morris from Grove Hill, Ala. GamecockPride.com had a chance to catch up with Morris’ high school coach Keith Kelley and learn more about the 6-foot-3, 200 pound commit.

“It’s just God-given talent,” noted Clarke County High School head football coach Keith Kelley.

From sideline-to-sideline, the coach noted Morris is dynamic and all over the field.

“It’s one of those things that you can’t really teach. He loves the game and it shows when he plays.”

The Alabama linebacker caught everyone by surprise on the recruiting scene. Coming from a small town, Morris hasn’t able to get much publicity, but as soon as he did, the process took flight.

“He just kind of came on the scene. This kind of kicked-off about a month and a half ago,” said Kelley.

“I was talking to one of my cousins that’s involved at Clemson, and we were talking about him. He watched his film, and the defensive coordinator said man we want him and to get him up there”

Morris was being recruited by schools like UAB, Southern Mississippi, and Clemson, just to name a few.

Kelley was born and raised in the quaint, country town of Grove Hill. Coaching at his alma-mater for six years total, this will stand as his second year as head coach. The Clarke County-alum says it’s a great opportunity to see players like Morris succeed.

“Obviously,the reason why you coach the game is to help the kids,” stated Kelley, “even when they are being recruited by teams like South Carolina. It kind of makes you feel good,as well, and puts things into perspective”

However, there is more to Morris than meets the eye. This athlete is a jack of many trades, playing basketball, baseball and football.

“He just quit baseball last year.“He was actually really good at baseball, really, really, good,” stated Kelley.

Morris recently gave up the sport to focus more on his football career at Clarke County.

“He’s just a hard worker.”

Putting up reps in the weight room, plus practice, Morris’ coach harped on his dedication and hard work ethic on and off the field.

“Off the field, he’s a great kid,” said Kelley.

“There’s no doubt that he’ll be successful wherever he goes.”

Check out Morris’ highlights here.

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