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Posted on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 12:39 p.m.

Michigan 2013 QB commit Shane Morris ranked No. 16 by Rivals

By Nick Baumgardner

The Michigan football program's quarterback of the future drew high early marks from recruiting experts this week.

Warren De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris, a 2013 Michigan verbal commitment, landed at No. 16 on's Top 250 prospects for 2013.

The 6-foot-3, 183-pound Morris, a Rivals 4-star recruit, is the site's top in-state prospect and the No. 2-rated pro-style quarterback in the country.

Morris committed to Michigan last May, midway through his sophomore year of high school. According to, Morris threw for 1,684 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season at De La Salle.

The Pilots finished with a 9-3 record, losing to Detroit Cass Tech, 6-0, in a Division 1 regional final.

Michigan has one other early commitment for 2013 ranked on the list, defensive back Dymonte Thomas.

Thomas, a safety from Alliance, Ohio, is rated as a four-star prospect and tabbed at No. 77 in Rivals' Top 250. The Wolverines' other 2013 verbal, Detroit Crockett tight end Khalid Hill, was not ranked in the initial list.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.



Tue, Feb 14, 2012 : 1:17 a.m.

keep it under control rapid rooters you never know how a recruit will respond until they actually play against QUALITY college opponents.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 7:52 p.m.

i hope we can redshirt SHANE MORRIS in 2013 and we see a lot of GARDNER/BELLOMY on the field!! both are fantastic QB'S. i also hope they both get some quality PT this fall, they won't disappoint!! MICHIGAN is headed in the right direction and the football season can't come quick enough!! GO BLUE!!!!!!


Mon, Feb 13, 2012 : 2:41 a.m.

I dont think he'll be redshirted. I expect him to go pro after his soph season.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 5:06 a.m.

Great potential and exactly what will be needed. I wonder if NCAA rules will allow Shane Morris to participate in Michigan's summer football clinics where he might work with Michigan's quarterbacks coach. Also I wonder if NCAA regulations would allow him to "hang out" during the summers with Michigan team members (including receivers?) and stop by the strength and conditioning facilities. -:) I expect that all of these will be violations.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 4:09 a.m.

Why is Bellomy's name not getting mentioned when talking UM quarterbacks.??


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 11:42 p.m.

Good question...although this is just fans talking, not Hoke. For all we know, Hoke may be very high on Bellomy and just wants to insure he has enough QB's. Remember, we had Dreisbach, Griese, and Brady on the team all at the same time...and they all started over the course of their careers.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 10:11 p.m.

It is amazing that the rankings numbers change during the off season. I am not sure what he was arnked in early November. Either way, Shane Morris is a key commit for the 2012 class. I wonder if he will become a little like a dual threat QB in his HS Senior year. Just a thought.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 8:21 p.m.

Big announcememnt coming folks......MEEEEEEEEEEAN will sign number 1 O-Line prospect from Mike Abdo High School located in Waliba, Iowa....the young man's name is Chris Voitchick!! MEEEEEEEEEEEANchigan football so good that it is sick!! As they bull-doze to the crystal with Mister VOITCHICK!!!


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 7:42 p.m.

Yeah what are you talking about? And just out of sheer curiosity, what sort of drugs are you messing around with?

Terry Star21

Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 9:04 p.m.

I don't know what this person is smoking, but I don't want any........


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 8:03 p.m.

It will be interesting to see if he starts as a true freshman. He was part of the elite 11 training that you see on ESPN and from the sounds of it did very well against seniors when he was a in between his soph. and junior year in highschool! It is a huge deal that RR is gone and that Hoke took over otherwise he would have probably ended up somewhere else. It will be interesting if we have another Guiterrez/Henne situation in 2013 between Morris and Gardner. If Gardner gets better he would be the obvious pick to start and then Morris could be redshirted. Who knows what will happen but atleast as Michigan fans we are able to have this conversation versus being forced to watch someone that is not capable of playing the position. I like the video of him throwing it 50 yards from 1 knee and close 80 with a normal drop acurately! Go Blue!!!


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 11:36 p.m.

I would say that rod's problem was all three facets of the game. An offense that consistently turns the ball over, has no time of possession to help the D, can't get a tough yard, and averages 8 ppg against OSU is a flawed offense. That's not hating on anyone, that's just a fact.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 8:02 p.m.

There's very little chance Shane starts as a freshman. Whether or not he red shirts is harder to say. He is more talented than Russell Bellomy, but Russel is a true dual-threat QB. So if Devin were to get injured it would probably be easier for Russel to transition into the offense Borges will be running.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 11:30 p.m.

@Scott -- yeah, agree ... the only way Morris starts in 2013 is if Gardner implodes or leaves.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 10:15 p.m.

No way he starts. Devon Gardner was the top rated dual threat QB in his recruiting class. He is an inch taller, 30 lbs heavier and will have three years earning the system and experience in dozens of games when Morris arrives. I hope that Gardner gets a fifth year and Morris is red shirted in 2013.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 8:27 p.m.

I wouldn't say rich rods problem was the offense of side of the ball...

mark h

Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 7:29 p.m.

Morris is a huge early commit for Big Blue... knowing that they will be playing with one of the top QBs in the country will hopefully attract lots of other talent, particularly on the offensive side of the ball... GO BLUE!

Terry Star21

Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 6:41 p.m.

I like his size, the video's seem to illustrate he is a good runner (not like DRob) but more like Tate + some....his stock is rising and it is good to see his improvement...most 16-17 year olds grow some @ college but even now he is looking the pro-style QB type...can't wait (sorry Devon). MgoBlueForTim.......Michigan....NFL Quarterback University


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 10:18 p.m.

Gardner is an inch taller and 30 lbs heavier. If they don't red shirt Morris and try and get a fifth year to give Gardner -2 years to start the coaches would be foolish.