National Spotlight: Pace Academy (GA) 22' QB Myles Morris (5-11, 140)

By Jerry Williamson

The state of Georgia is on a roll at the quarterback position. For the past two seasons, the peach state has featured nationally recognized middle school  quarterbacks from the counties Suwanee and Powder Springs, which were the homes to pro-style passers Aaron McLaughlin (Gwinnett) and Harrison Bailey (Marietta), who were awarded verbal division one scholarships as seventh and eighth-graders.

The next emerging star at quarterback hails from Fulton county. Pace Academy (very academically strenuous) has an emerging student-athlete (sports a 3.2 GPA) at quarterback named Myles Morris, who stands 5-foot-11, 140-pounds, who can extend plays with his feet and throws exceptionally-well on the run.

So well, Pace Academy high school football head coach Chris Slade (retired from New England Patriots) is thinking about having the soon-to-be eighth-grader jump to the high school ranks and play junior varsity. Playing against older kids will not be an issue for Morris.

He has always played up against older kids until this past season. As a fifth grader, he led his team to the state championship, which was more impressive considering it was against seventh-graders.Morris has orchestrated championship runs in football, basketball and travel baseball (Inside The Park) over the years and was responsible for a total of fourteen touchdowns and roughly a thousand yards from scrimmage within five games for the 2016 season.

Morris success comes from hands of quarterback trainer and coach Tony Ballard (FAMU) and Brandon Jones (OHIO). Coach Jones raved about his upside, as his first full season back, since his sixth grade season was cut short due to an injury. Coach Ballard and Jones trains Harrison Bailey and Myles Morris  together. Harrison pushes Morris to get better.

Despite listed as a seventh-grader, coach Jones has Myles train with the varsity during quarterback drills.  Morris was selected to represented the Georgia All-Stars (7th grade) including multiple prestigious invitations. Morris growth is far from over, his father's Ed Morris played college basketball standing at 6-foot-4, and his cousin  CJ Duncan is the starting WR for Vanderbilt University.

His favorite quarterback stands 6-foot-4 as well, as in FSU's great and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all-pro Jameis Winston. When asked what would you like the world to know about you? He (Myles) replied by saying, he want to play professional baseball and football and be an astronaut for NASA and his favorite food is pizza.

Myles strengths according to film, is having to extend plays and the ability to sit tall in the pocket and make small window passes. He throws exceptionally well on the run, as well as keeping his eyes up field, while reading defenses and finding the open pass catcher. He's very accurate (intermediate range) and displays a quick deliver, base on his offensive scheme. There's several clips showing his arm strength, throwing the go route, without the wide receiver having to break stride.

Watch "MJ Morris | Class of 2022 QB | Pace Academy 7th Grade Highlights" on YouTube
https://youtu.be/41LXnlwGlrk

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