Terps move in on @KyHighFootball’s Xavier Brown. How long before they come after Tyler Morris!
Well, in-state, Kentucky schools; yeah, UK, UofL, and WKU we’re talking specifically to you, the University of Maryland knows a football player when seeing one. The Terrapins, from the Big Ten Conference, are willing to “pull the trigger” where it’s being pulled is warranted.
Of course the assistant at Maryland who extended the offer to Xavier Brown from Lexington Christian Academy? It was Franklin, Kentucky’s favorite son, Joe “Joker” Phillips.
Between stints as an assistant and even head football coach at UK, playing for the Wildcats from 1981-1984, and leading the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats to back-to-back Kentucky Football Championships when he was a prep star, Joe “Joker” Phillips knows a thing or two about the Bluegrass. The well traveled college coach and former NFL player has landed at Maryland.
The Terrapins stand to benefit substantially from his familiarity. Phillips knows there are quality players to be had back home. In fact, we don’t believe the Terrapins are through offering players from LCA’s roster.
Yesterday, the Big Ten school with the homegrown assistant coach, dipped into Lexington, KY to offer a big fish in the hopes of landing it for the 2022 Fall recruiting class. Tyler Morris is our top-rated, 2022 “athlete,” commonwealth-wide. His glaring physical attributes are sure to be noticed and pretty soon.
To be fair, as we before told Tyler’s dad, Justin, Tyler’s being offered at at the FBS, Power-5 level for Tyler is a “when” proposition and not an “if.” It doesn’t take much of an eye to recognize this.
Tyler, as you can see from his profile to the right of this, is 6-0 and weighs a chiseled 190-pounds. He runs the 40 in 4.45 (yeah, that isn’t a misprint), bench presses 275, squats 450, and shuttles in 3.91. His vertical leap of 36.5-inches corroborates his 40-time as does his broad jump of 123-inches (10’3″). He blisters the L-cone drill in 6.82-seconds.
He finished top 1% at the Best of the Midwest Combine. He attended a national combine and finished top 7% overall.
On a roster unparalleled at its level of play anywhere in Kentucky, and with the best collection of 2022 talent in the commonwealth of Kentucky, Tyler, only a sophomore in 2019, had 18-tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 3.5 QB-sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in 2019. He showed a penchant for being around the football and making big plays for his team in spite of limited opportunity.
Tyler will have much more opportunity to shine in 2020. Man, wait until you witness the season he will put together!
Tyler made the KPGFootball sophomore All-State team in 2019. He played a lot of LBer as a sophomore but projects as either a “Jack,” a LBer, or a WR at the college level. Frankly, the kid is such a good athlete, he could play anywhere.
We talk about “pedigree” a lot here on KPGFootball. Tyler’s dad, Justin, was a very fine player in his own right. We are told he was a force along the interior DL for the Georgetown Tigers in his day. Obviously, Tyler is a different type athlete and football player than was Justin.
Now that Maryland has jumped on Xavier Brown’s bandwagon, one has to figure as they track Brown’s season several of his big-time teammates will get noticed too. However, like always, we are the first to recognize talent on the gridiron in Kentucky. We were the first this time too.
Xavier Brown made both our freshman and sophomore All-State teams. Tyler Morris is a KPGFootball All-Stater too.
We hope you remember this fact when the big boys come calling on Morris like they are doing with Xavier Brown. We thank you for your continued support.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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