Morris signs on to play football at Alvernia University

GEORGETOWN –The athletic career of Sussex Tech’s multi-sport student-athlete Tyzhir Morris will live on past his senior year of high school.

Wednesday afternoon inside the Sussex Tech gymnasium, Morris sat down and officially put the pen to paper on his letter of intent.

Morris, a two-way starter for the Ravens’ football program, will be suiting up to play football at Alvernia University next fall.

The Tech senior had interest from a handful of football programs at all collegiate levels, but ultimately decided on Division III Alvernia in Reading, Pennsylvania.

“I had a school from each level interested in me. I had Bryant (Division I), I had West Chester (Division II) and then I had many Division III’s who were interested,” he said. “But, throughout the process of evaluating all of my options, I just realized I wanted to be in a setting where I can thrive in the classroom. I thought having the smaller class size at the Division III level would be best for me.”

Tyzhir with his father, Troy, his mother, Tee, and his younger brother T.J. (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

Sussex Tech head coach Mark Quillin believes Alvernia is the perfect fit for Morris.

“He’s had probably about five or six schools that have been interested, but this seemed to be just the right fit for him,” Quillin said. “It’s got that big school look, but the small school feel to it. I think it’s just the right spot for him, and he’s really happy with his decision. He’s made a great decision for himself.”

After going on a campus visit, Tyzhir was sold on the university, which competes in the MAC Commonwealth Conference and has approximately 2,300 undergraduate students enrolled.

The campus, however, wasn’t the only deciding factor for Morris.

When he suits up for the Alvernia University football squad, he’ll be a part of school history.

Morris will be a member of the first varsity football team in school history. It’s a brand-new athletic program at the university, and he’s excited about being a part of it.

“Going on the visit was probably the biggest decider for me, but also just the thought of it being a new program and being able to start my own legacy – I like the thought of establishing my own thing there,” he said.

His versatility on the field, starting on both sides of the football at quarterback and safety in high school, will be an asset for the Golden Wolves football program over the next four years.

“They recruited me as an athlete,” Morris said. “Originally, they wanted me to play quarterback, but I got hurt in the beginning of the season, so I think I’ll end up playing free safety.”

At Alvernia, Tyzhir plans on studying special education and elementary education. Upon college graduation, Tyzhir would like to become a special education teacher.

“I’m going to be majoring in special education,” he said. “My goal is to go in, major in special education and hopefully get a job as a special education teacher one day. Both my parents are elementary school teachers, so I see their passion in working with the youth, so I’d also like to do that as well.”

Morris took notice of the love and support he has received from his family throughout his athletic career and the recruiting process.

“My family’s support has been unreal throughout this whole process,” he said. “From a young age, I realized my family would be supportive of me. My family extends from not only my immediate family, but also my grandparents, my aunts, my uncles. They all show me a lot of love and support.”

“He’s a good kid,” Quillin said of Morris. “He’s a great academic student, athlete and, most importantly, a great young man. He comes from a great family too, so he has a lot of support around him.”

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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