Archbishop Hoban High School senior Jonah Morris has committed to play football on scholarship at Indiana University.
Morris, an Akron resident who is 6-foot-4 and 196 pounds, helped guide the Hoban Knights to a 14-1 overall record in 2015 and a win over Toledo Central Catholic in the Division III state championship game.
“I want to thank God, my family and all the colleges that believe in me and gave me a chance to play for their university,” Morris wrote on his public Twitter account.
“I have finally come across the school that’s best for me, and I feel I have the best chance to achieve my ultimate goal of making it to the NFL a lot sooner, as well as receiving a great degree. I will be joining the No. 1 [ranked] passing offense in the Big Ten.”
Morris’ abilities as a wide receiver on offense and a defensive back and linebacker on defense attracted scholarship offers from several schools. He initially was committed to Michigan State, but changed his mind and reopened his recruitment.
He chose IU over offers from MSU, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Akron, Kent State, Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio).
“I have a great bond with coach [Deland] McCullough, coach [Kevin] Wilson, coach [Kevin] Johns and the rest of the Indiana staff,” Morris wrote.
As a senior, Morris helped the Knights defeat Canton McKinley, Buchtel, Youngstown Ursuline, Toledo Woodward, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Walsh Jesuit, Mentor Lake Catholic, Parma Padua and Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin to start the regular season before a loss to Cleveland Benedictine.
Hoban then beat New Philadelphia, Louisville, St. V-M, Zanesville and TCC in the playoffs.
Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or email@example.com. Read the #ABJVarsity high school blog at www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBeavenABJ.