Of the 28 players signed by the Fairmont State University football team on Feb. 5 National Signing Day, Matt Morris was one of the biggest at 6-foot-4, 260 pounds.
"I'm excited to be going to Fairmont State," said Morris who's planning to major in business economics. "They've got a good class coming in."
The Marietta High senior was also the only signee from the Buckeye State. Most of the others were from the Fighting Falcons' home state of West Virginia (8), Maryland (7), and Virginia (6).
RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Marietta High senior football player Matt Morris has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his education at Fairmont State University. Pictured sitting, left to right, are Melissa Morris (mother), Matt Morris, and former MHS head football coach Adam Eichhorn. Standing, left to right, are Marietta athletic director Rick Guimond and Marietta principal Bill Lee.
"This is a great opportunity for Matt," said former MHS head football coach Adam Eichhorn. "He has had a goal of going on to play at the collegiate level for a while now and he found a great fit at Fairmont State.
"With Matt's size and athleticism, he will have the opportunity to play a few positions."
Fairmont State is an NCAA Division II football school and a member of the Mountain East Conference, which also includes the University of Charleston, Concord University, Glenville State College, Notre Dame (Ohio) College, Shepherd University, Urbana (Ohio) University, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Wheeling Jesuit University, and the University of Virginia's College at Wise.
"I considered some other schools, but after talking to Nate and Luke Black and visiting the Fairmont State campus, I knew that's where I wanted to go," Morris said. "I liked the campus and coaches a lot."
Last fall, the Jason Woodman-coached Fighting Falcons posted a 3-7 overall record.
Fairmont State is the alma mater of Marietta High assistant football coaches' Nate Black and Luke Black.
As a Tiger, Morris was very versatile as he played on both sides of the football, at defensive end and tight end.
At Fairmont State, it'll probably be one or the other.
"I'm sure Fairmont will look at him first as a defensive end, but also as a tight end or even an offensive tackle," Eichhorn said. "Whatever position Matt settles in at, he has the size, strength and ability to be successful at them all. He's been working hard in the weight room this winter and I am just as excited as he is to see him develop at the next level."
In his senior season at MHS, Morris was credited with 54 tackles, three TFLs, four PBUs, and one block. As a receiver, he had three receptions for 43 yards.
"Defensively, he had a great career for us as a defensive end," Eichhorn said.
"Offensively, he didn't light up the stat sheets as a tight end in terms of receptions, but he was a huge part of why our running game was a success."
Morris is the son of Melissa Morris and the late Terry Morris. He has one brother, Terry, Jr., and two sisters - Hannah and Emma.