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South Laurel's Taylor Morris signed to play baseball at Georgetown College Wednesday evening. Picture are, seated, left to right: Alexandria Morris (sister), Dr. Nancy Morris (mother), Taylor Morris, Robb Morris (father) Bob Morris (grandfather) and Dorothy Morris (grandmother). Back row, left to right: Jeff Neal, South Laurel head coach Wynn Harris, South Laurel athletics director Ryan Nolan, Jon Townsend, Brent Miller.

 

When it came time to choose a college to sign with, South Laurel’s Taylor Morris didn’t have to think too long.

Both of his parents, Robb and Dr. Nancy Morris, attended Georgetown College. In fact, his father also signed to play baseball with the Tigers. Now, Taylor is following in their footsteps as he inked with Georgetown Wednesday evening.

“My parents both went to Georgetown and I want to carry on the family name there,” Morris said. “Plus I get to play baseball.”

Baseball has always been his love, ever since he laced up his first pair of cleats. He did play football at South Laurel, and played it well, but he always came back to baseball.

“Baseball is the sport I love the most,” Morris said. “It’s my first love, and there’s always been a distinct difference between the two sports. When I played football I focused on football, and when I played baseball I focused on baseball.”

When Georgetown initially recruited Morris it was to be a catcher. But on his recent visits there the coaches told him there would be a good possibility of him seeing time in the outfield, which is no stranger to him as he plays both catcher and centerfield for South Laurel.

“Whatever they need me to do, wherever they need me to play,” Morris said.

Morris said he decided early to go to Georgetown so he could focus on this season.

“Some people wait until the last minute to decide where they are going to go but I had everything figured out early so I could focus on this season and playing with my brothers (teammates) and hopefully taking this all the way.”

Morris knows that he couldn’t have gotten to this point without the help of several people, and he wanted to make sure they knew how much they meant to him.

“I’d like to thank all of my coaches I’ve had over the years,” Morris said. “Jeff Neal, Brent Miller, Scott Gaines, Randy Martin, Jon Townsend, Rod Sears, Will Allen, Tyler Morris and Wynn Harris.”

Harris, South Laurel’s head coach, believes that Morris will be whatever kind of player he makes his mind up to be.

“He’s driven and an extremely hard worker,” Harris said. “Plus he’s a great person. Whatever he does he’s going to find a way to be successful.”

Morris plans on majoring in biochemistry with hopes of one day attending the University of Louisville or the University of Kentucky to become an orthopedic surgeon. 

“I think I will mostly have to get adjusted to the speed of the game,” Morris said. “I’ve been told that at each level the game gets that much faster. I mostly just want to relax and let the game come to me and do my best and let the chips fall where they may.”

Harris agreed that the speed of the college game will be the biggest adjustment for Morris.

“He’s got a good skill set overall,” Harris said. “It will be a learning curve. He’s going to get physically stronger and more mature.”

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