Standout Cougar Linebacker Heads to West Chester
Tyler Morrissey will bring his talent not far from home on a football scholarship.
Tyler Morrissey feels set now.
With National Letter of Intent signing day fast approaching on Wednesday, Feb. 1, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound all-Central League Springfield High School linebacker appears in good shape, making an oral commitment to West Chester University, coach Bill Zwaan said on Monday.
Morrissey, a one-man demolition machine for the Cougars this past season with a school-record 149 tackles, chose West Chester, which plays in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), over PSAC rivals Kutztown, Indiana of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg and Millersville. Morrissey took a visit to Delaware, which was also interested in him.
“I’m happy, this feels right,” Morrissey said. “I love the school and I’m doing what I’m supposed to. I’ll tell you, two years ago, I didn’t even have a thought of playing college football. They’re looking at me to play linebacker at West Chester, but some of the schools I spoke to like me at defensive end. That’s what I heard from a lot of schools, so I don’t know where I might wind up. It all depends on what happens.”
Morrissey said he’d like to major in either sports management or kinesiology. More importantly, he’s pleased he has a destination.
“It’s been a crazy process,” Morrissey admitted. “Every day I was getting 30 questions, 'Where are you going to school, where are you going?' It’s funny, because my mom was bothering with how I have to do this, this, and this to get into college.
"I know where I’m going and being close to home is important. My parents can come and see me all the time, and since most of the PSAS schools are within driving distance, they could come and see every game. It came down to what school fit me best. It’s West Chester.
“Playing Division I football on scholarship would have been an honor, I think I would have been able to handle the commitment. But Division II football is a good level to play. Coach Zwaan is a good coach, I wasn’t disappointed in what I saw at West Chester. It’s a choice I made and I’m happy I made it. I’ll sign my national letter of intent pretty soon.”
West Chester finished fifth in the PSAC with a 4-3 record and 5-6 overall. The Rams already feature a number of area players, including red-shirt freshman Ronell Williams, of Chester High School, at starting linebacker. The team will lose two seniors at inside linebacker.
“I’m going to dedicate myself to getting stronger and stronger in the weight room this spring,” Morrissey said. “I’m really looking forward to this.”