Guyer head football coach John Walsh had never seen anyone like Patrick Morris.
The senior-to-be, who will move from right tackle to left tackle for his senior season at Guyer, recently became a video sensation when he put up 365 pounds in the power clean at the end of a workout in the Guyer weight room.
Now, the coaches at TCU can watch the video and have a lot to look forward to after the burly offensive lineman committed Tuesday to play football for the Horned Frogs, choosing TCU over offers from North Texas, SMU, Kansas, Northwestern, Washington State and Texas Tech.
Oral commitments are nonbinding. The first day a class of 2013 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 6.
“I just felt comfortable there more than anywhere else,” Morris said. “The coaching staff there still gets into it during practice, and a lot of college coaches don’t do that anymore. I really like my position coach [Eddie Williamson] too. I liked how TCU really wanted me. Some schools just offer you, but they really wanted me to go there.”
Morris, who stands 6-3 and weighs 285 pounds, is a physical phenom when it comes to pure physical strength, which is a big reason for his success.
“The obvious is his physical strength,” Walsh said of Morris’ best attributes. “His power clean is freaky. That was at the end of his workout. We think he could get 400 if he’s fresh. That’s unheard of in high school. That might be something that goes in Sports Illustrated.
“He brings that mentality to our whole team. We pride ourselves in the trenches, and he’s definitely our leader in the trenches.”
Morris is also a versatile offensive lineman. As a sophomore he played right guard as a part-time starter. Last season as a junior, he played right tackle and he will move to left tackle in the fall for his senior year.
Morris said TCU’s small-school feel and its new major-conference status played a big role in his decision to commit to head coach Gary Patterson.
TCU is set to join to join the Big 12 conference after becoming a powerhouse in the Mountain West.
“If TCU wasn’t in the Big 12, I think I would’ve waited longer to see what else happened,” Morris said. “But I always wanted to either play in the Big 12 or the SEC, so with TCU being in the Big 12 and being a perfect school for me, it just seemed everything was exactly how I wanted it.
“At TCU, I can have great academics and great football. They’ll be in the Big 12 and I’ll be playing in front of 100,000 people and I’ll have 30 people in my classes. So I really like that.”
And when his senior season is over with, Walsh said he there is no doubt he and his staff will miss Morris, who has become one of many great offensive linemen to come through Guyer with several before him earning Football Bowl Subdivision scholarships.
“We’ve had a lot of good linemen at Guyer and a lot of guys that block really well,” Walsh said. “But he’s just a true masher. He just mashes D-linemen and moves the line of scrimmage. He just mashes people. That’s the best way I can describe it.”
Walsh also said he’s excited to have a player finally commit to TCU, a program he respects.
“We’re excited about it,” Walsh said. “We’ve never had anyone go to TCU. I’ve always been real fond of Coach Patterson’s program.”
Walsh added that he’ll now be able to watch TCU games with a rooting interest, but Morris will be out of luck when the Horned Frogs play their new conference foes, Oklahoma State, where Walsh’s son and three other former Guyer players will be next season.
“Getting Patrick there will give us a good reason to pull for TCU,” Walsh said, “when they’re not playing OSU.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .