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Coach | 2022 Notre Dame CB Target Benjamin Morrison's Impact Is Felt Far

June 9, 2021
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According to his coach, Benjamin Morrison‍ is a “super awesome kid” who comes from a “super athletic family.”

“He's got a sister who plays volleyball at Appalachian State, another sister who's a gymnast at Michigan,” Brophy High School head coach Jason Jewell says of the elite 2022 cornerback from Arizona.

“His brother played football at San Diego State. His other sister was a gymnast at Washington and his dad played in the NFL. So yeah, super athletic.”

That could help explain part of the reason Morrison is so grounded, but not all of it.

“I don't even know if it's the athletic background,” says Jewell. “I think it's just the character of his parents.

“They're very, very humble. They're great, great people. Dad is a pastor at a church. They did a good job raising him. He's a great, great kid.”

Similarly, while Morrison makes a tremendous impact on the football team at Brophy, it extends beyond athletics.

“He doesn't just benefit and impact our program, he benefits our whole school, just him being on campus,” Jewell says. “He's a well-liked kid by everybody. He's popular with his teammates and he's a leader, popular with teachers. He's great.”

The 6-foot, 172-pounder gathered scores of scholarship offers, but wasn’t crazy about the hype and attention that comes with the recruiting process. Eventually, he narrowed his list to 10 schools to take some of the pressure off and has since narrowed it even further.

Notre Dame has survived every cut so far and Morrison will be in South Bend for an official visit this weekend.

“We're a high-academic, Catholic Jesuit school,” Jewell says of Brophy. “I guess it's similar.

“They see value in the education, valuing that Catholic education. Plus, it's Notre Dame, so it's big-time football.”

Morrison is also planning officials to Washington and Oregon and after unofficials to Auburn and Alabama last weekend, could head back down for officials there as well.

Morrison’s support system, which includes his father, brother and coach who all played college ball, helps him understand the reality of the sport.

“All of the schools that are among his finalists, they're all going to be nice, they're all going to have great education, but the odds are one of the coaches - your position coach or your coordinator or even your head coach - the odds are one of them is going to be gone in that four or five years,” says Jewell.

“So, you better fall in love with the school, that's my advice to him.”

Initially, the plan was to make a relatively quick decision after this swing of visits, but it’ll be interesting if the trips to the SEC schools cause that timeline to be changed.

 
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