Elite 11 standout Joe Morrow of Ocean Springs High School

By Jeff Shepard – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Passing plays are a rarity at Ocean Springs, so Joe Morrow knows, when the ball's thrown his way, he's got to catch it and make something happen.

Morrow says, "It's real important, because I don't get the ball that many times a game. So my dad's been telling me that when I do get the chance to get the ball, I've got to do something with it. Show that I can play when I do get the ball."

Having a receiver that's 6-5 presents problems for opposing defenses.

Todd Mangum knows this, and he's hoping to exploit that fact this season.

"We're going to see everybody's best cover corner on Joe's side, and some probably some help with a safety over the top. So he's going to draw everybody's best defensive back every week," Mangum explained.

Morrow hauled in 39 passes for 763 yards and 11 scores in 2009.

But he also plays safety on defense, and he's expected to do a lot of downfield blocking in the Hounds rushing attack.

"Blocking is a thing I tried working on during the off season. With my size and everything, and with smaller cornerbacks, I just try to use my size against them, " Morrow stated.

Mangum added, "With a great player, there's great expectations of him making big plays, but also, just with his presence, being able to open up some things for other people."

Joe Morrow has already committed to play for Dan Mullen at Mississippi State.

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