Jack Morse never put it in his head that it would actually happen.
But the former East Lansing standout always felt it was possible he could find a spot in the Michigan State football program.
It was something he was always working for. And playing for the hometown team was something Morse always dreamed about.
That’s what made things exciting for Morse when Michigan State reached out to him after his decision to leave Davenport and enter the transfer portal in early August. The opportunity was one Morse knew he couldn’t pass up, which led to him announcing Friday he was joining the Spartans as a walk-on.
“It has definitely been crazy,” Morse said. “Right now everything is crazy and everything is up in the air. Davenport is great and I had a great experience there, but growing up in East Lansing, I’ve always dreamed of playing here and playing for the hometown team. Once I was in the portal and the opportunity of putting on a Spartan jersey came to me, I just felt like I couldn’t pass it up.
“The last month and a half has been crazy. It’s been exciting. Now it’s official. Once the Big Ten brought the season back, we could finally make it official and have me start practice and start workouts and everything. Now I guess I would say it’s time to work and focus on the task at hand, which is the season coming up.”
The 6-foot-3 and 230-pound Morse, a 2019 East Lansing graduate, was a LSJ Dream Team football performer as a senior and attracted interest from several GLIAC schools and Division I programs Colgate and Valparaiso. He was a receiver and kicker while redshirting last year at Davenport. Morse will start out at MSU in a tight end / H-back role.
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Eventually finding an opportunity on the field for the Spartans is one of the main goals for Morse. And he has a cousin to look to as an inspiration of being a walk-on that found success at MSU. Morse is related to former Spartan receiver Blair White, who went from a walk-on in 2007 to an All-Big Ten selection in 2009 to spending a couple years in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts.
“I’ve been around him and know his story of being a walk-on from Saginaw and just kind of playing similar positions – I just kind of look up to that and that inspires me,” Morse said. “(It’s like) walk-ons can do it and you can make it big.
“Now that I’m here, I’m not going to take anything for granted. I’m here just like everybody else and my goal is to get on the field just like everybody else. That’s definitely the goal.”