The Western Kentucky football program received a commitment Tuesday from Tylan Morton.
"I chose to be a Hilltopper because on my visit there, I went there for a football camp, I talked to coach (Matthew) Mitchell and coach (Mike) Sanford and after I got to talking with them and knowing their history with quarterbacks and learning that (Sanford) played quarterback I felt really comfortable there," Morton told WBKO. "The tour around campus felt real nice.
"I liked the fact that they were my first FBS school to offer. They didn't just wait until everybody else starting jumping ship and start offering me. They went ahead and set the trend. I felt like they believed in me."
Morton is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback currently enrolled at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss. An unranked prospect, Morton reportedly has scholarship offers from WKU and Alcorn State.
In his first season at HCC, Morton threw for 1,338 yards and 13 touchdowns in nine games. He also rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown.
Absolute dime from Tylan Morton to John Hightower! EAGLE TOUCHDOWN! 14-0 7:24 remaining first quarter pic.twitter.com/wJggmWUeka— Hinds CC Football (@HindsCC_FB) September 21, 2017
TOUCHDOWN EAGLES!! Make that 4 TD passes for Tylan Morton! John Hightower with his 2nd receiving TD of the night! 28-10 �� pic.twitter.com/zm7sjXA98k— Hinds CC Football (@HindsCC_FB) September 8, 2017
Morton is originally from Griffin, Ga., the same hometown of former WKU great Bobby Rainey. Morton set the state of Georgia's single-season passing yards record with 4,741 yards in 2016 at Griffin High School. As a senior he was 303-for-436 with 42 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Morton ran for 253 yards and seven scores as a senior and finished his career with 57 combined touchdowns rushing and passing. He was the Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAAA offensive player of the year in 2016.
His status as an academic non-qualifier led him to Hinds Community College.
"Coach Sanford told me he's gonna hold me to a different standard," Morton said. "He told me that he's gonna help me become a better quarterback, become a better leader. He told me that if I leave there without a degree or becoming a better man then he failed me. He told me he won't fail me."
Morton joins South Warren wide receiver Clayton Bush, offensive linemen Joshua Black (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Jordan Flack (Somerville, Ala.) and Daylen Powell (Summerville, S.C.), running back Terrell Jennings, kicker Cory Munson (Warner Robins, Ga.) and defensive end Stephone Atkinson (Lake Minneola, Fla.) as part of WKU's 2018 signing class.