La Salle Academy (R.I.) senior running back Josh Morris has committed to Brown University, he told ESPN Boston on Christmas.
Morris, who was named the 2011 Gatorade Rhode Island Football Player of the Year, tallied 1,422 rushing yards for the Rams last season. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound back was also considering several other Ivy League schools in addition to interest from Monmouth, Bryant, Valparaiso and a preferred walk-on opportunity at Northwestern.
"I ultimately chose Brown because it was the school I was most comfortable with, from the coaching staff to the players," Morris told ESPN Boston. "Being able to stay home and play in front of my family and supporters was another big factor. Brown also plans to play me very early in my career there, as early as a freshman. They also told me they'd use me all over the field from running back, to slot receiver, to the Wildcat formation."
In addition to the opportunity of playing college football in his hometown, Morris also cited the importance of former Rams standout, UMass All-American and current Bears quarterbacks coach Liam Coen in his recruitment.
"I've known [Coen] since I was a freshman before he even recruited him, and when it came time for me to be recruiting, he began recruiting me and the relationship I have with him is unparalleled," Morris said. "Their head coach as well is ready to make me successful and make me the next big product out of Rhode Island. Coach [Phil] Estes is a great guy and I can't wait to play for him."
During the 2012 season and beyond, ESPN Boston correspondent Derek Malloy followed around the All-Stater and got an exclusive look into Morris' final season and his recruitment. We are privileged to show that to you here for the first time: