Eric Morrison looks forward to playing on the West Chester University football team in the fall.

The 17-year-old Egg Harbor Township High School senior offensive linemen has given a verbal commitment to the NCAA Division II program.

"They're just a winning team, and I want to be a part of it," Morrison said.

The three-year starting lineman and team captain for the Eagles said he also drew interest from Kutztown University and St. Francis University before he chose the Golden Rams.

"It's just a really good atmosphere. It's fun and welcoming" Morrison said. "It's also close to home, so my parents can visit me."

He said his parents are "very happy and proud" of his choice to play for the Golden Rams.

Under coach Bill Zwaan, West Chester went 13-2 (6-1 Eastern College Athletic Conference) last season, reaching the national DII semifinals.

The Golden Rams were named the Division II Lambert Meadowlands Award winner, the fourth time the program has earned the honor. They finished ranked fourth in the country by the American Football Coach's Association. The Eastern College Athletic Conference named West Chester its Division II team of the year, the sixth time the program has won that award.

Morrison was a second-team Press All-Star as a senior.

Morrison's head coach for the past three years, Tony DeRosa, said he has faith in his ability to play at the collegiate level.

"I've coached a lot of great players, but what makes Eric such a great player is that he's also a good person," DeRosa said. "He's an old-school type of player and works hard. His best football is ahead of him."

Morrison said he hopes to study education at West Chester and become a high school physical education teacher.

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