December 12, 2011

Morris reacts to McElwain's departure

University of Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain is set to leave Tuscaloosa and become the next head coach at Colorado State, but the Crimson Tide's quarterback of the future isn't going anywhere.

Alec Morris, Alabama's lone quarterback commitment in the 2012 recruiting class, remains solid with the Tide despite the news of McElwain's departure.

"It doesn't change anything for me as far as my commitment goes," Morris said. "I'm still extremely solid to Alabama. He had to take an opportunity that was special to him, and I'm happy for him that he got the opportunity to go get a job where he can hopefully start paving his way in the head coaching world."

Morris had heard the rumors surrounding McElwain's name with the job openings at Memphis and Fresno State, but the Texas native didn't know anything concrete until UA wide receivers coach Mike Groh called on Monday to break the news.

"He just told me what he knew, that McElwain had taken the job, and he was going to tell me anything else that happened in the future as far as who's going to replace him," Morris said.

Groh's name has emerged as one of the frontrunners to replace McElwain, and Morris would be more than happy to see his main recruiter become the offensive coordinator at Alabama.

"I'd definitely be happy for him, and also, it would be a pretty good situation for myself considering he's the one that has been recruiting me for my entire recruitment. I know him really well," Morris said.

The Rivals.com three-star had his season cut short with a second-round playoff loss that came down to the final play. It was Allen High School's first loss of the season and a difficult way to go out for the senior signal caller.

"At the end of the day, we were able to keep our heads up high," Morris said. "We played our hearts out. We didn't have any turnovers, so offensively we were pretty sound. It was definitely not the way you want to go out with your senior season, but we can't hang our heads on this season."

Morris plans to take his official visit to Alabama the third weekend in January.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.

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