Oregon State has received their 4th commit for head coach Gary Andersen's 2017 football recruiting class, and it meets several of Andersen's objectives.
David Morris is a 6'3", 205 lb. OLB from Sherwood High in Sherwood, OR, a Portland suburb. He also plays RB for the Bowmen, but is a 3-star prospect as a linebacker, the position Andersen envisions for him.
The fact that his highlight video titles him as a running back, but leads off with multiple guided missile plays from his outside linebacker spot clarifies his intentions nicely.
Morris helped Sherwood to a league title, and the semi-finals last year in the second year since the Bowmen were moved up to the state's largest classification.
Morris picked Oregon State over offers from California and Washington State, his other 2 finalists in his selection, and also offers from Boise State, Colorado State, and Hawaii.
"They were the first ones to believe in me, and the first ones to offer me, and that meant a ton," Morris explained. "For me, just getting an opportunity to play at the next level was big. The first school to do that was Oregon State, and that meant a lot to my family. Also, having Coach Andersen come down to my football game, and actually watch it, that was big for me as well."
It represents an important get for an Oregon State team that's still working to implement, and staff, Andersen's preferred 3-4 defense, which requires linebackers with both edge rush and cover skills.
Morris becoming a Beaver also represents an in-state recruiting win, and one over other Pac-12 competitors, both of which have been challenges for Oregon State.