The Penn State football team has secured its ninth verbal commitment for the recruiting class of 2009.
Stephon Morris, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound cornerback from Derrick Williams’ alma mater of Greenbelt, Md., Eleanor Roosevelt High School, made a pledge to sign with the Nittany Lions during an unofficial visit to University Park on Saturday.
In spite of his height, Morris is considered one of the best pure cover corners in the Mid-Atlantic region. Boasting 40-yard dash speed in the neighborhood of 4.45 seconds and a vertical jump of 37 inches, Morris also received scholarship offers from Illinois, Rutgers and Louisville.
Morris is the second player from Eleanor Roosevelt to commit to the Lions in a two-week span, joining receiver/cornerback Derrick Thomas. He is also the the fourth player from Maryland and fifth from the Washington, D.C. area to announce his intention to sign with Penn State in February.
Penn State now has commitments from four defensive backs, not included Thomas, who was recruited as an athlete.