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Jackets' Morris signs with Newberry

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BUFORD – Buford High School’s JoJo Morris has kicked his way to college.Morris, whose strong leg has had a major impact on Jackets’ football and soccer, will continue to do the same at Newberry College.Morris has signed a scholarship with the Indians to battle for the kicking chores at the South Atlantic Conference school.A three-sport standout at BHS, Morris has had plenty of opportunity to showcase his kicking prowess. The 6-2, 170-pounder was a major weapon for the maroon and gold in its 6-5 season last fall, kicking six of 11 field goals and making 20 of 25 extra points.Morris showed off the bat he was going to have banner senior football season, drilling a school-record 46-yard field goal in the Jackets’ season-opening 23-0 home win over county rival Indian Land High School.Morris’ 46-yard first half field goal set a new BHS school mark, breaking the old record of 43 yards by Bryan Crook and Brandon Schoffner.Morris, a first-team selection on The Lancaster News’ all-county football team, averaged 37.4 yards a punt and had seven touchbacks on his kickoffs.He earned all-region honors in football and was a Class AA all-state pick in soccer where he is a four-year player at BHS. Morris also plays basketball and capped his senior season, averaging 10 points and 3.5 rebounds in his second year with the BHS varsity.“Newberry College is getting a quality athlete, hard worker and an outstanding person,” said BHS football coach Mike Wells, who noted Morris has had perfect attendance since he started kindergarten. “To me, that says JoJo is going to be there and he’s going to give you his best effort.“The reason he has earned this opportunity is because he will give maximum effort at practice and in games,” Wells said. “Those type players make coaching easier. JoJo has set a good example here and I hope our players have taken notice because he’s the kind of player you want to have in your program. I wish him well in his future.”Morris also gets it done in the classroom, holding a 3.8 grade point average.Morris said he’s looking forward to moving to the next level, noting several pluses about Newberry.“I like the community atmosphere there,” he said. “The players get along and it’s one big group. They also stress academics and they help you with tutors in your schoolwork.”Morris added he likes the direction of the football program.“The stadium’s packed and they get loud and I like that,” he said. “I really look forward to being part of that football excitement at Newberry College.”Newberry assistant coach Stephen Flynn said he’s glad to have Morris.“JoJo has a lot of potential with a strong leg,” Flynn said. “We feel he can come in and challenge for the job if he will continue to work hard and make the adjustments like kicking off the ground instead of a tee. We’re glad he’s with us.”