MISSOULA — Max Morris found out on Saturday evening that he was getting a Sunday visit from Montana football coaches Bobby Hauck and Justin Green.
It definitely took him by surprise.
By the end of the home visit, Morris, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end out of Kalispell Glacier, received an offer from his dream school to play for his childhood idol.
"Bobby Hauck's a guy I've been watching ever since I was a little kid," Morris told 406mtsports.com in a phone call. "I always dreamed of playing for him with the Grizzlies. When he left I was pretty disappointed, but now the fact that he's coming back and I get the opportunity to play for him in his system is a dream come true."
Morris shared his commitment to Montana via Tweet.
"Excited to announce my commitment to the University of Montana," he wrote. "Go Griz," also adding a bear and football emoji for good measure.
Over the phone, Morris thanked his family and friends, as well as Glacier coaches Grady Bennett and Aaron Deck.
"Without Coach Bennett's help, I would not be where I am today," Morris said. "I'm really thankful for that."
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Morris is the 15th commit in UM's class of 2018 and is the first to commit with Hauck as head coach. Morris is also the third to commit out of Glacier. Jackson Pepe, a safety, committed back in August and Drew Turner, a running back, committed in September.
"It's gonna be so exciting. Drew and Jackson are two of my closest friends," Morris said. "To get the opportunity to play for my dream school (with them) is just something that I could not have imagined."
According to Glacier's football website, Morris had 16 receptions for 177 yards with two touchdowns. He also converted a two-point conversion. He also added four tackles.
Morris said he enjoyed the recruiting pitch Hauck and Green gave about restoring Montana pride back into UM football.
"We're talking about how we're going to get things back to that Montana swagger, how we have that blue-collar work ethic (with) the Montana boys who have pride in the state and have pride in where they're from," Morris said. "I'm really excited to be a part of that because, I am a Montana boy and so is (Hauck). We have that connection from the start."
The offer from Montana was Morris' first from a Division I school, but he said he was also talking to Wyoming.
Other verbal commits in Montana's 2018 class include: Kalispell Glacier's Pepe and Turner, Loyola Sacred Heart's David Koppang, Eureka's Garrett Graves, Helena Capital's Conor Quick, Billings Senior's Gabe Sulser, Missoula Sentinel's Nick Germer, Valier's Colten Curry, Nash Fouch of Woodinville, Washington, Sean Anderson of Buckeye, Arizona, Tyler Ganoung of Portland, Oregon, Lorenzo Brown of Las Vegas, and Alex Johnson and Teshawn White of Los Angeles.
Matt Robinson, a three-star quarterback from San Juan Capistrano, California, announced his de-commitment to the program on Sunday morning.