5. Any indiciation that he can recruit ACC-level (or above) talent?
Yes. While it is hard to tell, at times, exactly how much influence one coach has in recruiting, Morris and his offense have definitely been a draw for the Tigers. The Tigers have drawn top-notch, four and five star talent on offense...well pretty routinely. But Morris has had success in getting tall, rangy WRs that fit his style well, and has a 2014 QB in Deshaun Watson committed that could be one of the top QBs in that class. No doubt, Morris knows the value of recruiting (more on that later).
6. Is his team one of the best in its conference right now?
Again...by his team we will just say Clemson. And we all know the answer to that question: yes. While Clemson's offense was somewhat less-than-dynamic against South Carolina...and to some extent FSU...they absolutely throttled most of the rest of their schedule, including NC State.
YES! Wow, do they. Clemson has multiple formations, shifts backs/receivers all over the field. And runs the ball well, in addition to passing it well. For those that won't watch the video posted in #10 below, Morris describes how his offense, unlike many traditional spread offenses, is not just about stretching the filed sideline to sideline, but about having an effective down-field passing game. And as we have seen first hand, Clemson definitely does this. Morris also schemes to put the ball in the hands of his playmakers, which this year was namely Hopkins and Watkins. Clemson's offense is currently 7th in the nation in total offense, averaging 518 yards per game. And their attack, while slightly more pass heavy, also averages nearly 200 yards rushing per game. And the Tigers put up a boatload of points. One thing that struck me when thinking about Morris was how the Tigers had the ability in 2011 in particular to come back from deficits. This is an offense that can grind you out on the ground if necessary, but can also score in a hurry.
And in case you were wondering, all of those offensive rankings are much higher than for the Pack (State was 45th in the nation this season, averaging 420 yards per game, including a pathetic 116 ypg on the ground).
Clemson introduces new offensive coordinator Chad Morris (via Tigernetdotcom)
In terms of red flags, as far as I can find, there aren't any major skeletons in his closet. If he killed a man and/or slept with that man's wife, it hasn't made it onto the Internet.
Well....the protruding veins in his neck are a little bit disconcerting, but it does show an intensity of someone that, I don't know, doesn't stare at the grass all game, crouch like he has to relieve himself, or do the proverbial mummy during games. This guy is wired, fired up, in the game, working the refs, and ready to charge through a brick wall. I'll give him a solid 7.5