SMU Coach Chad Morris: HS Coach Should Be Main Contact for Recruiters

By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor

Chad Morris took over as head coach at Southern Methodist University in 2014 after spending five seasons as an offensive coordinator on the collegiate level and 16 seasons as a Texas high school coach. He won back-to-back undefeated state championships with Lake Travis (2008-09) in his final two seasons as a prep coach.

How has recruiting changed? What can high school coaches be doing better?

“I think the No. 1 thing, to be honest, is just be straight. Take pride in that. Be honest about your players. It’s all about working together. Have them demand to the college coach that they work through the high school coach. What’s happening now is we deal with handlers, people who go around the high school coach to get to the player and his parents. As a high school coach, I never wanted that to happen. It all had to go through me or my assistant.”

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