While National Signing Day in February doesn’t have the anticipation that it did in the era before the early signing period, it’s still an exciting day as programs put a bow on their classes and now look ahead to spring camp.
And of course we are always curious to see which true freshman can make an immediate impact. At 247Sports, they put together their All-Impact team, a list of true freshmen players who aren’t the best recruits, but the ones most likely to make an immediate impact based on their team’s needs.
Their choice at quarterback was Texas Tech recruit Behren Morton, which makes sense since Alan Bowman hit the transfer portal. Regarding Morton, 247Sports wrote:
“A 6-foot-2, 185-pound early enrollee, Morton had an immensely productive high school career playing for his dad at Eastland High School in West Texas. He threw for 3,593 yards and 37 touchdowns against six interceptions as a senior while rushing for 897 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also completed 68% of his passes. Morton is a really effective passer on short to intermediate throws, making him an ideal fit for new offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie’s Air Raid. Texas Tech’s QB room is wide open after Alan Bowman opted to transfer. Henry Colombi returns for his senior year, but he was far from stellar (6.4 yards per attempt) in 2020.
Morton is taking a big step up in competition jumping from 3A football to the Power Five, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see Texas Tech add a QB this offseason via the portal. But Morton has all the requisite tools for Year 1 success. And, quite frankly, head coach Matt Wells could use the hope a true freshman signal-caller provides as he enters a make-or-break season in Lubbock.“
It’s safe to say that if Texas Tech is going to take a step forward in 2021, which Matt Wells desperately needs to have happen, Morton being a freshman sensation would go a long way to making that happen. Henry Colombi is a nice player to have on the roster, but the Utah State transfer is not the kind of quarterback who is leading a team to serious Power 5 successful.