Michigan QB commit Shane Morris named MVP of regional camp, tops recruits from MSU, OSU, Notre Dame
Shane Morris is a five-star prospect. He's the face of the Michigan football team's 2013 recruiting class, and ranked among the top-five high school quarterbacks in the country according to all the major services.
But he didn't play like it in March.
The Warren DeLaSalle quarterback went to Dallas for a regional football camp, with a bid to this summer's Elite 11 finals on the line. He was expected by many to earn that bid -- but instead, he struggled so badly, he wasn't even among six finalists.
On Friday, Morris avenged himself by earning MVP honors at an Elite 11 regional in Columbus, Ohio. By winning the award, he advances to the Elite 11 finals in California.
It is one of the nation's premier quarterback camps.
"I definitely came in with a chip on my shoulder," Morris told ESPN.com. "Down in Dallas, I was disappointed. I obviously felt a lot better today. I had a great time and ripped it."
Morris beat out some of the nation's top signal-callers to win MVP honors -- including prospects committed to schools such as Ohio State, Michigan State and Notre Dame.
"It means everything, it's such a huge honor and a blessing," Morris told CBSSports.com. "It's something I've dreamed of since I was little, the Elite 11 on TV. Going to California, it's huge. It's going to be an awesome experience and I'm just going to go out there and do the best I can.
"And coming down to Ohio and being 15 from the campus of Ohio State to win the Elite 11, it doesn't get much better than that."
CBSSports.com's Bryan Fischer provided this breakdown of Morris' performance:
Morris was sharp on rollouts during the early part of the camp and continued to spin the ball well as the day progressed. He completed several nice touch passes during the throwing session and even managed to catch a nice over the shoulder pass while running a route as time wound down.
A breakdown from Scout recruiting analyst Allen Trieu:
"He always wows with his arm strength and velocity, but today he was more consistent than we've seen him in the past. He was accurate throughout the day and deserved the MVP award."
He committed to Michigan on May 10. In the past year, he's helped recruit several of his friends to the Wolverines, perhaps most notably Dymonte Thomas. The safety is ranked Ohio's No. 2 overall player.
Michigan's 2013 class now numbers 17 players, the most in the country. Still, Morris remains its biggest name.
He was scheduled to compete in Saturday's Nike Camp, also hosted in Columbus.