Chandler Morris and his recruiting story have been interesting. He held an early offer from Oklahoma and liked Lincoln Riley very much, but his father is Chad Morris, the former head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks and now offensive coordinator for the Auburn Tigers. Chandler had been committed to the Razorbacks, but once his father was let go at Arkansas the Sooners increased their efforts to gain the services of the talented quarterback from the Metroplex. It was imperative that the Sooners gain a 2020 quarterback with the possible transfer of Tanner Mordecai looming. After Morris decommitted from Arkansas, he always felt very comfortable with Lincoln Riley and picked the Oklahoma Sooners over Virginia Tech, USC, and others.
To be clear, Morris actually signed with the Sooners during the early signing period but waited until the UA All-America Game to make the announcement.
BREAKING: QB Chandler Morris (@Chandleram4) commits to @OU_Football to kick off the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game.#UAALLAMERICA pic.twitter.com/3kui3YFQNY— All-America Game (@AllAmericaGame) January 2, 2020
Welcome home, Chandler Morris!#Sooners add QB to 2020 class.https://t.co/B8J2BGcIer | #20Deep pic.twitter.com/Vw2tPkfsxJ— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) January 2, 2020
Morris played his ball at Highland Park in Dallas, Texas and has a gunslinger mentality. The offensive system he played in had him spreading the ball out as well as running several different kinds of options in a wide open offense. Chandler is accurate, decisive, and quick triggered on his release. He also has straight-line speed that’ll make you think of Charlie Brewer from Baylor. Morris was meant to play in a wide-open offensive system and while he stands at a measured 5’11, 178 pounds, he’s a great fit for Lincoln Riley’s offense.
Gaining the Morris was imperative and the Sooners are still paper-thin in the quarterback room behind the presumed starter for 2020, Spencer Rattler. Morris is no placeholder — he has legitimate talent to be quite good at Oklahoma. He is rated as the No. 14 quarterback overall and the nation’s No. 353 prospect and that places the Sooners at No. 9 in 247’s composite team rankings and puts them at No. 1 in the Big 12.