Morris' Tech move impacts Cougs' recruiting

ERIC MORRIS

ASSISTANT COACH Eric Morris is leaving Washington State to join Texas Tech, according to multiple reports. Beyond the Xs and Os of replacing the Cougs' inside receivers coach, how does his departure impact recruiting?

Unlike Jeff Choate who left for the DC job at UTEP, Morris was more involved with a greater number of names on the WSU commit list.

Morris was widely considered one of the most effective recruiters on Mike Leach's staff.

Among Morris' recruiting areas were the California Inland Empire, Arizona and Dallas. WSU will undoubtedly be working on those recruits in the coming days and weeks.

According to an espn.com article, the departure of Morris was also the primary reason for Marcus Ayers, a receiving prospect, choosing to decommit.

ESPN quoted Ayers as saying Morris at WSU was the main reason he wanted to be there. The espn.com report also stated the Marquess Wilson letter in November and Mike Leach's ban on twitter were also factors in Ayers' decision to decommit. Ayers left the door open on a possible return to WSU.

Recruits from California and Texas make up the bulk of the WSU class. Morris wasn't involved in recruiting everyone from those areas of course, but he was involved, for example, with recruits like RB/ATH Jamal Morrow, BUCK Malik Jenkins and WR River Cracraft.

Based on the calls CF.C has made this week to prep and JC coaches and prospects, Washington State was not bringing in anyone on official visits this weekend.

The last official visit weekend of the month before the holidays isn't an ideal weekend to bring in official visitors to WSU – finals week ends today and many of the students are already gone for the break.

When Choate left, the Cougs didn't necessarily need to replace him immediately. Now that two assistant coaches are gone, while Job No. 1 is still to be sure to get the right fit, there may be more urgency to bring at least one assistant on board.

NOTABLE NOTE:
  • Morris' role at Texas Tech has not been publicly disclosed. He and Kingsbury didn't play together at Tech, but they served together on Kevin Sumlin's staff at Houston.

  • Morris was Leach's eyes and ears in the press box on game days. A look at the Leach coaching tree suggests that being his man upstairs is a golden spot to be for career reasons. Previous Leach assistants in the booth were Dana Holgerson (head coach at West Virginia) and Lincoln Riley (OC at East Carolina).
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