3/9/2018 9:26:00 PM FOOTBALL: Jackson's Chucky Morris signs with Robert Morris
Jackson High School standout lineman, Chucky Morris signed his national letter of intent to play college football at Robert Morris recently. Shown (left to right) are: MJ Taylor (sister), Jennifer Taylor (mother), Chucky Morris, Don Taylor (father) and Serenity Taylor (sister). In the back row is Jackson head football coach Andy Hall. (Photo By Todd Compston)
A school located in a super-nice location led Jackson standout lineman Chucky Morris to sign his letter of intent to play college football at Robert Morris University last month.
"I had a real interest in Duquesne University, which is Robert Morris' rival and Brown University in the Ivy League. But what really led me to Robert Morris is it is in a super nice city in a super location. It's a good school," said Morris. "Then coach (Benard) Clark, Jr. and his new staff came in and took away any doubt I had."
Coach Clark was announced as the third head coach in the history of Robert Morris University football back on Dec. 19, 2017.
The Colonials compete in NCAA Division I (FCS, formerly Division I-AA, in football) and are members of the Northeast Conference in most sports.
Selected to the Frontier Athletic Conference All-League team in 2017, Morris was also named to the first-team offense on the 2017 Associated Press Southeast All-District football team in Division III. He was an honorable-mention pick on the all-Ohio football team in Division III as well.
"Chucky has been one of the mainstays on our offensive line and even this year, he had to play both ways and he became a really good defensive lineman," Jackson head coach Andy Hall said. "He was just a leader for us along the front. He can play center, guard, and tackle and within the game, he could change from the right to the left side. He knew all the positions.
"He is a very intelligent kid. Of course, a 29 on the ACT shows that as well and a valedictorian of the class."
Morris said he would be playing on the offensive line at the collegiate level and he is expected to compete for playing time at either center or guard.
He said the biggest transition from high school to college will be the speed of the game.
"It's an entirely different level of competition. You have to be bigger, stronger, and faster," Morris said. "I have to think a little more and you are taught more complex schemes, which I will have to get used to. Nothing is given."
Morris was a three-year starter for the Ironmen and was part of the 2015 squad that advanced to the regional final game in the state football playoffs and finished 11-2 overall.
Playing at Jackson has certainly been special.
"It meant a lot just for the simple fact everybody here loves football and everybody supports you," said Morris. "It was nice on Friday nights to see 3,000 people in the stands and know that everyone is supporting you.
Morris will major in nursing at Robert Morris. He is the son of Don and Jennifer Taylor of Jackson.