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"I said 'That's prefect,' because after talking it over with my family, I decided to commit to THE University of Idaho," said Morales. "They were all pretty happy and I talked briefly with each one of them as well."
The catalyst for the offer, and the decision, was summer youth camp at Moscow in June, the first under new Idaho head man Akey.
"I felt it was just the perfect opportunity for me so I jumped on it," said Morales. "I was actually planning on going to the Boise State camp but I had talked to Luther Carr, my recruiting coordinator and he's just a real down to earth guy, and he persuaded me to come to their camp. And I just loved it."
THE NEW STYLE of offense at Idaho that's coming this year, and the coaching staff, were key considerations.
"All the coaches treated me real well, especially Luther Carr. Robb Akey was talking to me a lot..Steve Smith was also very personable with me," said Morales. "I had a pretty good camp and I just liked it, everything about it.
"I was talking to the offensive coordinator, Steve Axman, and he was telling me how they need a quarterback like me who can run their new offense that they're putting in...and with all that I just thought it was the best way to go."
THE BOOK on Morales according to an opposing prep assistant who has coached against him is that Morales makes good reads and has a sharp, quick release. He's athletic enough to avoid the rush and can also make plays with his feet. In short, he's a versatile, dual threat quarterback.
Morales chose Idaho over an offer from Air Force and interest from Boise State, Utah, Harvard and others.
"We were texting back and forth, me and Boise State, the recruiting coordinator there, a little earlier on," said Morales. "And I was talking with Utah quite a lot."
Morales completed 103-of-172 passes for 1,596 yards with 11 TDs against five interceptions as a junior, leading undefeated Carlsbad to a 10-0-2 record in 2006.
Also a star in the classroom, Morales scored a 1600 on his SAT.
Justin Morales profile
Scout.com West Analyst Brandon Huffman contributed to this story.
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