OL Kyle Morrison picks FCS over FBS

Versatile offensive lineman Kyle Morrison (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West) had an FBS offer and FBS looks, but the comfort level at one FCS school proved to be enough for him to make a verbal pledge.

Morrison verbally committed to Northern Iowa on Tuesday, a program that has built a healthy reputation for winning at the FCS level. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman chose the Panthers over an offer from New Mexico and interest from Missouri, Nebraska and Indiana.

“I went on an official visit last week, and I felt like I was at home,” Morrison said. “It’s a great academic school, and I got along great with everybody there. I like the coaches, and after talking to some of the players, I just felt like it was the place for me.”

Morrison, who has played all over the offensive line, is expected to play either guard or tackle at Northern Iowa. He was recruited by Panthers defensive backs coach Jeremiah Johnson.

“They said there’s a good chance I’ll get to play early at center, maybe even as a true freshman,” Morrison said. “I’m excited about the opportunity.”