Wright State’s commitment to Matt Morrow started early.
Morrow’s commitment to the Raiders’ baseball program was made official Tuesday at Tiernan Center.
That’s where the Richmond standout signed his national letter of intent for the Division I school in Dayton, Ohio, surrounded by family, coaches and friends.
“I’m excited. I’m ready to start a new chapter,” Morrow said.
The Red Devils’ smooth-fielding shortstop originally verbally committed to Wright State about a year ago.
“It just felt like a good fit,” Morrow said. “They got to me early, before anybody else. The scholarship, I just really couldn’t turn down.”
Morrow has been a consistent presence in the Red Devil lineup from his freshman season on.
He hit .337 that first season, and .296 as a sophomore.
Morrow led the Red Devils in hits (39), home runs (four), doubles (12), RBIs (32) and slugging percentage (.744) as he batted .433 as a junior.
“For him to get recruited before his junior year says a lot about him as an athlete, and says a lot about the institution at Wright State, and how passionate they were about a really good kid with a great family,” said former RHS baseball coach Josh Amyx, who coached Morrow for three seasons. “I think they’re getting one heck of an athlete.”
Richmond football coach Matt Holeva agrees.
Holeva watched from the sidelines as Morrow made highlight-worthy catches a nightly occurrence on the football field this fall. Morrow led the Red Devil receiving corps with 858 yards and 12 touchdowns as he helped Richmond repeat as North Central Conference champion.
“I just feel privileged that we had an opportunity to have him on our team this year,” Holeva said. “He played a significant role, and I think that he’s the type of athlete that, had he not chose baseball, he’d have opportunities in football as well.”
Baseball, though, is Morrow’s passion.
He said he’s projected to play shortstop for the Raiders. Wright State, a member of the Horizon League, finished 25-30 last year and 9-12 in league play.
“I just want to get on the field, any way,” he said.
He’s the latest from Richmond to join an athletic program at Wright State.
Kim Demmings currently stars as a junior for the Raiders’ women’s basketball program, and RHS junior Mackenzie Taylor has verbally committed to the school in the same sport.
“It’s a testament to their athletic department,” said RHS athletic director Chad Bolser. “They seem to do a good job of recruiting and get people involved.
“I think it’s a really neat deal, and they obviously got three really good kids who are going to be impact players for them.”
Morrow is the first athlete from this year’s Richmond senior class to sign a letter of intent.
“It’s exciting anytime a kid gets a chance to sign a scholarship and a letter of intent to go on to the next level and showcase his skills, not only athletically, but academically,” said Tyler Lairson, who is in his first season as head baseball coach at Richmond and played at the Division I level himself at Southern Illinois. “I think it’s a great thing and we’re excited to have him in our program and look forward to the future.”
Morrow, too, is eager for his senior season with Richmond’s baseball team. He helped the Red Devils contend for the top spot in the North Central Conference last spring, and was a freshman on Richmond’s sectional championship team of 2011 that advanced to a Class 4A regional final.
Morrow doubled in that game his freshman season, bringing home two runs and giving RHS a 4-0 lead.
“I really want to have a good senior year,” he said. “It’s the last go-around and in high school, you can’t get it back. I know I want it to be a special memory.”