Georgia Tech target Romar Morris an ideal fit at A-Back

Salisbury (N.C.) running back Romar Morris is tailor-made for Georgia Tech's A-Back position. (Photo by Don Callahan/InsideCarolina.com)

Salisbury (N.C.) running back Romar Morris is tailor-made for Georgia Tech's A-Back position. (Photo by Don Callahan/InsideCarolina.com)

One of the most lethal weapons in Georgia Tech’s spread-option attack is the A-back position.

The B-back, lined up directly behind the quarterback, generally carries the load offensively and is the marquee position in coach Paul Johnson’s offense. But it’s often the fleet-footed A-backs, positioned in slots on the flanks of the backfield and set in motion every which way before and after the snap of the ball, that hits opposing defenses with devastating kill-shot runs (see 2008 Georgia game).

With that in mind, the Yellow Jackets believe they have identified an ideal prospect for playing just that role. Romar Morris is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound speedster out of Salisbury, N.C., and he might be the best back around you haven’t heard of.

“That’s what he’s good at, taking it the distance,” said Salibury High coach Joe Pinyan. “He’s had a lot of home runs for us. The thing about Georgia Tech recruiting him is we run the same thing as Georgia Tech. We’re probably more wishbone than the double slot they run but it’s based on the same concepts. We’ve come to a lot of their camps and we run a lot of the same stuff.”

Morris

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Morris, who has a modest dozen offers compared to some of the more ballyhooed backs in the South, has narrowed his choices down to Tech and North Carolina. He said he’ll likely choose one or the other by the end of next week, “hopefully.” Jackets’ fans can only hope he’ll come their way.

“Right now I’ve got it down to Georgia Tech and UNC,” said Morris, who rushed for 1,330 yards and 21 touchdowns while sharing carries with two other backs as a junior last season. “I just recently took a trip to UNC. I’ve been to Georgia Tech a couple of times. I went to their spring game and one of their camps. I like what they have to offer.”

I’ve actually been sitting on this update for a while because I wanted to download some highlight video here so you could see this kid in action. Alas I’ve been unsuccessful locating some I could use. Nothing on YouTube and Coach Pinyan hasn’t been able to get any to me. I’m not 100 percent sure if it’s a subscription-only situation but HERE’S A LINK to Rivals.com’s highlight package if you have an account or can otherwise access it. You can also look him up at athletevault.com, but I believe that’s another subscription situation. When I finally get my hands on something I can upload I’ll add it here, so check back.

In the meantime, you have to trust me when I say Morris looks like he’s shot out of a cannon when he takes the ball out of the backfield. His burst and speed is evident on every run. And it figures since Morris is a two-time 100- and 200-meter state sprint champion in North Carolina and was electronically timed at 4.31 seconds at a Nike combine this summer (Salisbury hand-clocked him at 4.26).

There may be some football players that are faster (not many). But Morris has that football speed and quickness that people talk about and know when they see. Pinyan figures Morris probably averages 25 to 30 yards on his TD runs. All I know I just saw a bunch of really long ones.

At Salisbury, Morris plays a wing position known as the “up back” or “up set” further in the backfield than what Tech does with the A-backs in the slot. Morris also catches the ball out of the backfield to the tune of a little more than 300 yards last season.

“They’re recruiting me as an A-back, I guess because I’m not that big,” Morris said of Tech. “But I really like it because it’s a versatile position and they do a lot of different things to get you the ball in space. They say they really like me a lot.”

Meanwhile, North Carolina runs a pro-style offense under coach Butch Davis. The Tar Heels are talking about utilizing Morris as a running back and/or slot receiver. It’s unclear at this point whether that will work for against the Jackets.

One good thing for Tech is Morris said being close to home is not a major factor for him. Chapel Hill, at 100 miles away, is about one-third the distance it is to Atlanta from Salisbury. But there’s a little Ace in the hole for the Jackets in that regard, too.

“My sister lives right down the street from Georgia Tech,” Morris said of his older sister, Kamah Dillard, a registered nurse. “I go there to visit her all the time so I know the area well.”

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105 comments Add your comment

dowg

August 10th, 2010
4:00 pm

STATE

August 10th, 2010
4:02 pm

ok lets wait and see next next week on his decision

Put a giant bugzapper on North Ave

August 10th, 2010
4:19 pm

Well, if the kid has any dreams of playing in the NFL, he will NOT be attending Nerd Central.

GT BABY

August 10th, 2010
4:22 pm

We need this dude…

Cuttysark

August 10th, 2010
4:25 pm

It will be nice to add a running back to the list given that we already lost a great kid-Q. Morgan-due to academic issues. Thanks for the update on Stephon Tuitt Chip. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

rduck

August 10th, 2010
4:27 pm

Go get him coach!

Jacket Backer

August 10th, 2010
4:32 pm

Look forward to seeing him on the Flats!!

Go Jackets!!

gt45

August 10th, 2010
4:35 pm

Sounds like the real deal! I hope he takes us.

Chip Towers

August 10th, 2010
4:36 pm

FYI, exchanged texts with Plant coach Robert Weiner today and he said James Wilder Jr. definitely is NOT making his announcement alongside Nick Waisome and/or Anthony Chickillo. Should have some exact details soon.

todd

August 10th, 2010
4:37 pm

Would be a great addition.

raoul75

August 10th, 2010
4:40 pm

I can see Romar having a great career at Tech. GT offers a great education, a legendary football program and a great city to live in. UNC offers a great education. I hope he’ll come be a part of a dynasty in the making. Sounds like he could be the next Robert Lavette.

nickj0321

August 10th, 2010
4:40 pm

JayDawg

August 10th, 2010
4:48 pm

UNC bound for this kid

Chip Towers

August 10th, 2010
5:02 pm

A suggestion: If you’re not already on Twitter and/or don’t follow me there, I strongly suggest you do so. Going forward this is going the be the quickest way to receive recruiting news from me or to correspond directly. I’m still training myself to do this but when I get news I’m going to pop it up on Twitter before I do anything. Here is the link to my account: http://twitter.com/recruitingajc. Happy tweeting!

Axlrodes

August 10th, 2010
5:25 pm

My gut tells me Tech will add this kid, and they need him too. For all of Tech’s accomplishments the past few seasons, and an excellent coaching staff, it simply has not translated into recruiting success.

Tech needs to step it up or they’ll fall behind FSU, UNC, and Clemson in a hurry. Those programs have a ‘buzz’ about them

GoJackets

August 10th, 2010
5:26 pm

Young man I hope to see you on the flats, you will get a great education and have a fantastic future, on and off the field!

right?

August 10th, 2010
5:26 pm

yeaaa NFL and TECH???? pffff…. TWO JUST DIDNT GO IN THE FIRST ROUND …. DUMBASS

Tokyo jacket

August 10th, 2010
5:35 pm

Definitely could be a dominant player. Body of Roddy Jones and faster than Wright or Peebles.

Tokyo jacket

August 10th, 2010
5:35 pm

Think CJ Spiller fast.

Stumpknocker

August 10th, 2010
5:47 pm

“Bugzapper” you moron Tech just put more guys in the NFL this year than U did.

Bull

August 10th, 2010
5:49 pm

Good article Chip…just a shame there is not much interest in GT.

Daniel

August 10th, 2010
6:10 pm

What do you mean Bull? He is down to GT and UNC

All Dooley 2

August 10th, 2010
6:29 pm

“Martin nixes USC visit, announcing Sunday
By Phil Kornblut
JL Mann DB Pat Martin (6-0 192) has decided not to take another visit to USC and will announce his college choice Sunday afternoon between USC and Tennessee at a gathering at a downtown Greenville restaurant. “I know where I’m going,” Martin said. “I’ve seen what I need to see. I’ve seen everything I need to see at both schools.” Martin said he talks with Tennessee every day while he hasn’t talked to the Gamecocks since last week. He would not give a hint about his choice but the indications point towards the Vols.”

A great 4 star Free Safety for UT to team up with Brian Randolph!

Old Tech fan in NC

August 10th, 2010
6:48 pm

10.54 in 100 m

Rivals has him @ 3* but they also have the reported thuga 5* lemay at 4*.

GTville

August 10th, 2010
7:09 pm

RB and reciever will get a lot of recognition at GT. If he is good, he will go to NFL regardless of where he plays, but lets concentrate on TDs for GT for a few years first. Sized like CJ w/ Titans.

GT

August 10th, 2010
7:40 pm

I know it’s not going to happen, but could you imagine Tech’s backfield with Charles Perkins, Wilder, and this kid Morris with Days running QB. That’s sick.

KimZ'sPackage

August 10th, 2010
8:08 pm

NFL and a uga player trying to spell it just takes a few HOURS for the correct answer.

KimZ'sPackage

August 10th, 2010
8:10 pm

If this young man spent 5 min with Tevin and the Days boys he will want to be with TECH. SPEED kills.

Delbert D.

August 10th, 2010
8:38 pm

North Carolina worked him out strictly as a receiver in their June camp.

davidinloganville

August 10th, 2010
8:46 pm

Lavette was a tailback in a traditional offense that carried the ball 40 times a game, he won’t look like that at tech

hello

August 10th, 2010
9:06 pm

Ive heard from many that he is a UNC lock…I hope that’s not the case. He would do far better at Tech…look at all the highly rated kids at UNC on offense…they all have looked like busts so far. UNC has 4 and 5 star players just like UGA, yet they are terrible on offense.

ormewood

August 10th, 2010
9:12 pm

Morris is listed as a RB recruit on the UNC scout.com site.

Not Disappointed

August 10th, 2010
10:14 pm

We would love to have that speed! Ramblin Wreck!

GT BABY

August 10th, 2010
10:49 pm

MORRIS….DONT LISTEN TO UGA FANS! YOU’LL FIND OUT REAL QUICK THAT THEY’RE ALL G@Y. COME TO TECH, SO WE CAN WIN A NC. PAUL JOHNSON IS A WINNER UNLIKE DAVIS. TECH IS FULL OF REAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS AND IF YOU DONT BELIEVE ME, JUST LOOK AT THE DRAFT.WHERE ARE ALL THOSE FIVE STAR PLAYERS AT GEORGIA AT? OH YEAH, THEY SUCK!GT JUST PUT FOUR PLAYERS IN ( TWO IN THE FIRST ROUND)

atlxmen

August 10th, 2010
11:07 pm

this guy will choose unc no doubt. pro style offense with a chance to be the featured back or a chance to play in the same lame old high school offense his team runs now with div 1aa players trying to block for him.

when will you tech guys admit pj offense is keeping the better football players from choosing tech?

atlxmen

August 10th, 2010
11:13 pm

guys..you seem to forget that those were gailys pro style players that were drafted not PJ’s ..those type of players that were drafed this past year from tech, wont be joining tech offense anytime soon.

hello

August 10th, 2010
11:41 pm

atlxmen your back huh? You always say the same stupid stuff…keep it up. Those type of players huh? A four star DB like Morgan Burnett? Seems like we recruited Ryan Ayers(4 star DB), Barry Bostic(4 star DB and Athlete), and Louis Young(4 star DB) just last year. Or a 3 star WR like D. Thomas? Once again Stephen Hill(4 star WR)…should sign two more WRs this class with Jeff Greene(3 star WR) already committed…5 star WR Kasen Williams has GT in his final 10….and several other 3 and 4 star guys are looking at GT. Derrick Morgan a 4 star D lineman? Again Denzel McCoy( 4 star DT), Anthony Williams(4 star DE), and JC Lanier( 4 star DT)…but yeah PJ cant recruit like the mighty mighty Gailey. Your an idiot…they both recruit about the same but PJ actually has some very good talent looking hard at Tech…I can never remember this many 5 star guys having Tech so high when Gailey was the coach…get your head out your @ss.

BigTimeTechFan

August 10th, 2010
11:46 pm

Thanks Chip, was askining about him in your previous post today, great info.
Hope it Tech, but wish him well if it UNC. sounds like Harvin/Spiller type burst.

hello

August 10th, 2010
11:48 pm

Not to mention 4 star DT Shawn Green, 4 star QB Jordan Luallen, and 4 star OG Omoregie Uzzi…all recruited by Johnson…

Bull

August 10th, 2010
11:54 pm

What high school prospect would really want to play in a gimmicky offense or in a rebuilding rag tag defense with an over the hill washed out journeyman for DC. GT is depending on raiding out of state recruits just to fill out the scholarship roster. Pathetic program and school…. Go Dawgs. We run this state b*tches

Honest and Frank Discussion

August 10th, 2010
11:57 pm

PLEASE COME TO THE FLATS!!!!

A burner like you will be a home run threat on every pitch – you could average over 20 yards a carry! Not to mention receiving from A-Back is just like being a slot receiver. Embry averaged over 30 yards a catch last year and our passing game is just starting to get its sea legs.

UNC’s offense has not been pretty the past few years – you would do yourself (and your sister) a favor by coming to GT!!!

Luke

August 11th, 2010
7:20 am

Bull,

If you want to call Groh a “washed up journeyman” for a defensive coordinator, I’d hate to compare his resume with the all-mighty Todd Grantham. Let’s see, Groh coached for Bill Parcells for basically 13 years, in college and in the NFL, going to two Superbowls and winning one of them as a DC. He then went to Virginia after coaching the Jets for a year when Bill retired from coaching (the first time). He was with the Cavaliers ever since where he was named ACC Coach of the Year twice. Pretty sure he didn’t get fired for his defense (see Chris Long).

Tood Grantham went through Virginia Tech, Michigan State, coached DL for the Colts where Jim Mora sucked, then went to Houston, accepted DC at Cleveland where he got FIRED (yeah, he really did well for that good ole Cleveland defense), went to Dallas and coached DL there where he did a good job before going to UGA. Pretty long laundry list if you ask me.

Superbowl ring…fired from Cleveland. Sucks to suck mutts.

BUZZ ME

August 11th, 2010
7:50 am

Love to see you roaming the flats Romar. CPJ will turn you into a superstar!

Tech

August 11th, 2010
8:12 am

Good one Bull, this year’s freshman class are all from Georgia except one player. You’re an idiot.

Paddy

August 11th, 2010
8:20 am

bugsapper…..go to the Falcon page if you like pro football. This is about college football and recruiting. Some folks never get the memo. Education and the college football experience is what it is about. 1% of college football players make it to the NFL rosters. Your kind of mentality is so neanderthal.
Go Dawgs

Paddy

August 11th, 2010
8:27 am

Bull, I was all right with you poking fun at Tech. It is what we do. But that last sentence is not associated with any Dawg fan I want to be around and shows no class. Pls find a new team you are embarrasing good Dawgs everwhere.

Butts Wagner

August 11th, 2010
8:44 am

they both recruit about the same but PJ actually has some very good talent looking hard at Tech

Well, actually, CPJ’s recruiting has been better than Gailey’s if one goes by the recruiting rankings.

Dawgtards ruin this state

August 11th, 2010
9:02 am

If the kid watched the NFL draft last year, GT was featured prominently during the whole telecast. thUGA nowhere to be found.

Good luck to this kid, he has two good choices!

Dawgtards ruin this state

August 11th, 2010
9:06 am

Bull – even the uga posters know you got nothing. Good day.

TechPhi97

August 11th, 2010
9:09 am

Good article Chip, thanks! Romar would be perfect for the offense we run – he’ll be an immediate weapon if he signs with the Jackets. Most of the fans I talk to are very excited about him.