Stevenson’s Morrissey verbally commits to play at MSU
By Beth Long FOXSports NEXT & @Beth Long July 16, 2013 8:16PM
Matt Morrissey plays DB and running back at Stevenson. His dad, Jim Morrissey was the last Chicago bear to wear No. 51 before it was retired to honor LB Dick Butkus. | SUN-TIMES MEDIA FILE PHOTO
Updated: August 18, 2013 6:18AM
Stevenson High School senior defensive back Matt Morrissey announced his commitment to Michigan State via twitter Monday while on a visit to the school in East Lansing.
Morrissey had a top three of Michigan State, Illinois and Boston College heading into the week. With his choice, the Spartans are getting an exciting player according to Core 6 Athletes president and CEO Paul Szczesny, who has worked with Morrissey over the last several years. Core 6 Athletes is an athletic training facility based in Deerfield.
“Simply put, he’s just a playmaker,” Szczesny said. “He knows the game of football and has the ability to make plays on both sides of the ball. He’s definitely one of the top football players we have ever had here.”
FOXSports NEXT national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu agrees with Szczesny about the 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect’s potential at the college level.
“Matt is a great football player. He’s smart and instinctive and has good size,” Trieu said. “He’s not going to put up any blazing testing times but he’s always in good position and is always making plays.”
Morrissey will follow in his dad Jim Morrissey’s footsteps to East Lansing. Jim was a linebacker for the Spartans before playing for the Chicago Bears for nearly a decade (1985-1993; he was a rookie on the Super Bowl championship squad).
It wasn’t until May that Morrissey received a verbal offer from Michigan State and it completely changed the recruiting game for him.
“It was obviously a big-time offer which changed the recruiting game for him,” Szczesny said. “He knew that could be the place for him; he just wanted to take the time and be 100 percent.”
Although the younger Morrissey plays safety for Stevenson, linebacker could be an option at the next level, just like his dad.
“I think his toughness and the way he approaches the game is a good fit at Michigan State,” Trieu said. “I could see him as a strong safety or he may even grow into a linebacker.”
Matt’s older brother Mike also graduated from Stevenson and played linebacker at Boston College from 2007-2010. His older sister Anna made the same move as Matt, going from Stevenson to Michigan State. She’s currently on the Spartans’ women’s basketball team.
Matt also was a starter at power forward for Stevenson’s basketball team that finished second in state last March.
High school football players cannot sign a letter of intent to play at a college until national signing day on Feb. 5. Until then, other schools can continue to recruit high school players even though they’ve already made a verbal commitment.
Stevenson is Lake County’s most consistently successful football team. The Patriots have made the playoffs 24 straight years.