Michigan Football Recruiting: Shane Morris Is Ideal QB for Wolverines' Offense

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 4, 2013

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com
Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

The University of Michigan will welcome to campus 5-star QB Shane Morris in 2013, and he will be the first truly prototypical quarterback for head coach Brady Hoke's offense.

What pops out most about Morris is that he can make all the throws. His outstanding arm strength is a big reason why he's rated the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country, according to 247Sports.com.

Another plus is that the 6'3", 201-pound Morris is also fairly athletic in addition to having immense potential as a pocket passer.

Morris only runs a 40-yard dash of 4.8 but can extend plays with his legs and has the arm to launch it deep and make big gains when everything breaks down. He is equally lethal inside the pocket, and has experience both under center and in the shotgun.

The De La Salle Collegiate High School (Mich.) standout has been dead set on staying close to home, and Hoke has to be incredibly thrilled at such a development. That's especially so, because Morris' presence has been instrumental in swaying other members of the 2013 class to commit.

One thing is for sure: as reported by ESPN RecruitingNation's Mitch Sherman, Morris is not short on confidence:

People expect me to do great things. I expect to do great things, to win championships. That comes with the position, playing quarterback at a place like Michigan. There are going to be 115,000 to 120,000 in the stadium, every weekend.

There's an expectation that comes with that.

Future teammate OG Kyle Bosh even went as far as saying that Morris would be, "Tom Brady reincarnated." Talk about setting the bar high.

Devin Gardner took over the starting job under center once longtime starter Denard Robinson was injured, and Gardner was QB for the entirety of Michigan's season-ending loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.

As athletic as Gardner is and as tantalizing as his skill set may be, he started off the year as a wide receiver—and played quite well.

As talented as Morris is, the prized recruit would likely benefit from sitting and learning the scheme for one year. The biggest knock on Morris is undoubtedly his accuracy, which is alarmingly low for a player of his caliber.

Morris relies a little too heavily on his arm at times, leading to forced throws and inconsistent footwork and mechanics.

Despite his shortcomings, Morris just needs a little bit of polish and grooming within Hoke's system. The fact that he is already establishing himself as the leader of his 2013 class doesn't hurt, either.

With a year to develop and work on his fundamentals, the incoming freshman has an extremely promising career ahead of him in Ann Arbor that could lead to a national championship for the Wolverines in the not-so-distant future.