Morse to Visit MAC Rivals This Weekend

Brett Morse

Brett Morse of Hinsdale (Ill.) Central High School will get to see both sides of the Mid-American Conference's most intense rivalry this weekend when he completes official visits to Central Michigan and Western Michigan to determine where he will play his college football.

Rivals Central Michigan and Western Michigan will do battle once again this weekend on the recruiting front.

The Mid-American Conference foes are battling for the services of Hinsdale (Ill.) Central standout quarterback/linebacker Brett Morse (6-4, 220).

The Chippewas offered Morse a scholarship in September while the Broncos entered the picture after offering Morse a scholarship three months later in December.

This weekend, Morse said he plans to take official visits to both schools, beginning with CMU Jan. 13-15, then WMU Jan. 15-16. He expects to make a decision between the rival schools soon afterward.

"I'm pretty sure it's going to be a tough decision," said Morse, who has a 20-3 record as the Devils starting quarterback. "I'm looking for a place I feel comfortable. It matters to me that CMU was first to offer."

Morse, who wants to study business or sports management in college, said he'll be focusing on academics, the facilities and coaching staffs during his official visits this weekend.

Both the Chippewas and Broncos have a connection to Hinsdale Central. Morse said one of his best friends is the brother of former CMU defensive tackle Dominic Mancini, who played for the Chippewas from 1999-2000. WMU has freshman linebacker Garrett Sosnovich, a teammate of Morse's last year at Hinsdale Central.

"Dominic Mancini told me he loved it at CMU and that it's a great school," Morse said. "Garrett loves it at Western."

Whichever school is fortunate enough to land Morse will be getting a great player, according to Hinsdale Central head coach Tony Lombardi.

"Brett has great leadership skills and is such a competitor," Lombardi said. "This season he rushed for over a thousand yards and threw for more than a thousand. If he weren't my starting quarterback, he'd be my best defensive player."

Lombardi said although he feels Morse could play quarterback at the next level, he would make a great linebacker or defensive end too.

"Brett's going to weigh 235 pounds and still run a 4.6 (40-yard dash) in college," Lombardi said. "He had four TD runs of 70 yards or more this season."

The Devils finished 9-4 this year after a 3-0 start. In week four Morse tore the ligaments in his left, non-throwing elbow. Hinsdale Central proceeded to lose its next three games before winning its final three regular season games and first three in the Illinois state playoffs.

"We really came together as a team," Morse said. "I didn't get cleared to play defense until the second week of the playoffs."

Given his size, speed and athleticism, defense could very well be Morse's ticket to college stardom.

"CMU is recruiting me as a quarterback with the possibility of being moved to a different position," Morse said. "I like playing defense just as much as offense.

"I think CMU is seeing a guy who's smart and loves to play football," Morse added. "They've noticed my athleticism and competitiveness."

Morse is being recruited for CMU by offensive line coach Jeff Quinn, while WMU assistant Tim Lester is recruiting Morse for the Broncos.

"I really like both of my recruiting coaches," Morse said.

He added that he expects to make a decision on his college choice after sitting down and talking with his family next week.

"A lot will depend on how I feel on the visits," Morse said.

Lombardi said he told Morse how important it is to remember that CMU was the first school to offer him a scholarship.

"I explained to Brett how much it means to be the first school to step-up to the plate with an offer," Lombardi said. "I think highly of (CMU head coach) Brian Kelly. I've known him for a number of years as a colleague. He's a good man. CMU would be a great place for Brett."

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