PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Shane Morris didn't let the cold and sometimes rainy conditions affect his game at the New Level 7-on-7 tournament in Pittsburgh, Pa.. He brought along some much-needed warmth, which just happened to serve a second purpose.
Forget the passing league uniforms. Morris opted for a Michigan hoodie.
“I brought it to get a little recruiting in,” Morris said with a smile, “but it's freezing so I'm trying to stay warm."
The four-star quarterback from Warren (Mich.) De La Salle has been committed to Michigan since May. He said he was trying to recruit several prospects, including receiver Laquon Treadwell from Crete (Ill.) Crete-Monee, although he wasn't able to attend the event this weekend.
Morris said he is also recruiting running back Ty Issac from Joliet (Ill.) Catholic, defensive back Kendall Fuller from Olney (Md.) Good Counsel and linebacker E.J. Levenberry from Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton.
Levenberry is the most pressing. He is set to announce his decision on Tuesday. His three finalists are Michigan, Florida State and Oklahoma
“I think they're pretty good,” Morris said. “The one thing is we don't have his major. That could be a problem but if he feels like he should be there (at Michigan), he could use his degree to go into that later.”
Levenberry plans to major in criminal justice.
Morris said he spoke to Jaylon Smith this weekend during the event, but realized quickly that was a lost cause.
“I know he's not coming to Michigan, but he's a cool dude,” Morris said. “ He's a cool guy. I like him a lot.”
Morris was certainly one of, if not the, best quarterback at the event. Through one two-game stretch, he threw 14 touchdown passes.
“I think I'm doing pretty well,” Morris said, seemingly downplaying his performance.
His present and future teammates would hear none of that. On Sunday, two Michigan commitments, who are also passing league teammates, lauded his performance: tight end Khalid Hill from Detroit (Mich.) Crockett Technical and cornerback Jourdan Lewis from Detroit (Mich) Cass Technical.
“He's putting on a show,” Lewis said. “He's getting us the ball and letting his playmakers make plays.”
When asked about recruiting, Lewis said most schools have backed off of him since he committed to Michigan in February. The one exception is USC, which continues to pursue him.
“No, I don't think so,” Lewis said when asked if he will consider the Trojans. “I'm staying put.”
The chance to play together in the off-season should certainly help the trio when they enroll at Ann Arbor.
“It's great for the future and everything,” Lewis said. “It's just great to see us getting together.”
Said Hill, “This is a great thing we have. It gets team camaraderie going. We get to know each other, weaknesses and strengths, so when we get to college, it's be easier because we know each other...We're like brothers. We've been doing this for two years. The more time we spend together, the more we get to know each other.”
Alas, the camaraderie wasn't enough to win a championship. The Michigan trio's team lost in the semifinals on Sunday afternoon.
Still, the Wolverines are certainly rolling in recruiting. Hill was still basking in the glow from having 11 Michigan commitments in the ESPN 150.
“I was like 'Man, that's crazy',” he said. “Eleven Michigan commitments on there. We own the 150. It was great to see everybody on there."
The leader seems set in his ways. Morris said he's received more scholarship offers but he's not telling anyone which schools so as not to create any sort of buzz that he could be rethinking his commitment.
“Thanks for the interest,” Morris said when asked what he tells recruiters that come calling. “I'm committed to Michigan 100 percent. If anything drastic happens I'll let you know.”