A reserve running back at Nebraska a little more than a month ago, Sevion Morrison announced Sunday night he’ll soon be calling Kansas home.
A 6-foot, 210-pound back from Tulsa, Okla., Morrison was a freshman this past season, and finished with 30 carries for 116 yards and three touchdowns, while appearing in seven games for the Huskers. It was his second season with the program, but he didn’t play in any games in 2020.
Morrison decided to leave the program in November, with just a few weeks left in the season, and entered his name in the transfer portal.
Not long ago, Morrison was a highly regarded high school prospect in the Class of 2020. Rivals rated him as a four-star talent at Edison High, and ranked him as the No. 2 overall senior in the state of Oklahoma that year.
Before signing with Nebraska, Morrison picked up scholarship offers from numerous Power Five programs, including Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa State, Kansas State and Baylor.
It was during an official visit to KU this weekend, Morrison told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant, that he decided to commit to the Jayhawks. Morrison said the “number one thing” that stood out to him while checking out the program was head coach Lance Leipold.
“He’s just very genuine. He's very transparent with everything,” Morrison said. “The second thing is how close it is to home. There are people that I already know there, and I have some connections there.”
Morrison said he plans to enroll at KU for the spring semester, so he will be able to train and practice with the Jayhawks throughout the offseason.
Leipold has made no secret about his staff’s intentions to make use of the portal this offseason, as they fill out the 2022 roster. Morrison’s commitment came two days after KU brought in another former Big Ten player, Kalon Gervin, formerly a cornerback at Michigan State.
Morrison joins a KU running back group with plenty of depth — though that was tested late this past season due to numerous injuries. The Jayhawks are expected to return freshman Devin Neal, sophomore Daniel Hishaw Jr., redshirt sophomore Torry Locklin, redshirt freshmen Amauri Pesek-Hickson and Malik Johnson, as well as others, from the 2021 roster.