By Mike Moguin
GTR Sports Writer
Considered one of the top prep running backs in the area, Sevion Morrison is being recruited by nearly two dozen universities to play at the Division-I level.
“It’s really amazing. It’s a blessing really,” said Morrison, a running back at Edison. “It can be overwhelming, but you can’t let it be overwhelming. But, it’s a different feeling. I can’t really explain how it feels to have them reach out and talk to you.”
Morrison has already taken an official visit to Nebraska. He has also taken unofficial visits to Texas, Missouri, Baylor, as well as Arkansas and anticipates making an announcement for his choice as early as Mid-December.
One look at the stats will tell you why he is sought by top-notch programs. Morrison stands 5’11” and weighs 195 pounds. He rushed for 2,728 yards and 39 touchdowns last year as a junior, setting school records while helping the Eagles to their first playoff trip since 2014. He went over 400 yards in two of those games. One was for 429 along with a school-record seven touchdowns against McAlester. In the other, he piled up 419 and six TDs in the Class 5A quarterfinals against Coweta.
“Yeah. That’s kind of different,” Morrison said. “That’ll wake people up a little bit.
“The first key was my o-line (offensive line), then second, is my vision and everything matching up with my o-line and my quarterback read,” Morrison said.
Morrison also racked up 3,008 all-purpose yards.
One key member of Edison’s offensive line in 2018 was Chester Baah, who is now at The University of Tulsa.
“Chester and I have a connection more than just running back and lineman,” Morrison said. “My freshman year, he was the first person to talk to. So, we have been close. He always said to ‘run behind me.’
“I’m not going to say anyone is rising up to fill his void. Chester is a phenomenal player, but anyone who fills his position is going to have to feel right about getting the job done,” Morrison added.
An adrenaline rush is what Morrison likes most about the game of football.
“It is so different, and the adrenaline rush is crazy.” he said. “And, the best thing about running back is you see everything and if you’re good enough, you have ability to get in the end zone.”
Morrison describes himself as someone who can play all around on the field offensively.
“I’m fast and pretty aggressive in my vision,” he said. “My No. 1 thing is my vision. People think my No. 1 thing is speed, but, it is vision. I can see everything and can anticipate most things and it usually goes right. I think my vision is my best skill.”
His favorite NFL running backs are De’Anthony Thomas, Tavon Austin, Adrian Peterson and Saquon Barkley.
“As soon as I get the ball, I imagine myself as Adrian Peterson in the hole being aggressive,” he said. “When I break into the open field, I think I’m De’Anthony Thomas because of speed.”
As the 2019 season draws near, Morrison sees Bishop Kelley as the toughest competition on the Eagles’ schedule. They have one goal in mind.
“This season, I want to win state,” he said. “That is our No. 1 goal.”
Former Tulsa Star Joins Eagles’ staff
Former University of Tulsa defensive back McKinley Whitfield has joined the Edison coaching staff.
Whitfield is a native of Spiro who completed his eligibility last year.
During his four-year career, he recorded 264 tackles, 151 solo and four interceptions. He also made key plays on special teams.
“Having someone like McKinley is a huge coaching addition to our staff,” Edison Coach Tony Daniels said. “Being a graduate from TU and playing locally around Tulsa, with his knowledge of the game, it will help our wide receivers and secondary play overall. We are fortunate to have his experience on our staff.”
Whitfield has already blended in with the team.
“We are already close. He is real cool. He is almost like a brother. I know he is a coach, but the way he can relate to my friends and me, he is almost like a brother,” Morrison said. “As soon as he got here on his first day, things were already good with him. We were getting close.”