October 17, 2006

Jeremy Morin Update

Jeremy "Jet" Morin (6' 1", 170), a 1991-born forward out of Auburn, NY, in a recent webcast with The Scouting News discussed his hockey future. Morin, the younger brother of one-time Cornell target, Chad Morin (Harvard), once listed the Big Red among his potential college choices. Morin, who is a cousin of current AHLer and former Boston College player J.D. Forrest, admitted that he's always dreamed of playing in Chestnut Hill, if he pursues the college route. Morin will soon decide between either the OHL or maintaining his college eligibility by playing in the USHL or the USNTDP. Morin is currently playing for the Syracuse Stars in the Eastern Junior Hockey League where he has a 5-5-10 line in 10 games, despite being one of the youngest players in the EJHL.

Why even talk about a 15 year old? Michigan, of course, recently received verbal commitments from A.J. Treais (1991) and Jon Merrill (1992) making one wonder if there should be an age requirement that would allow young players to keep their options open and not feel pressure to make such important decisions so early. Of course, whether it's right or wrong (or healthy or not) is one thing that makes for a spirited debate. An even crazier thing, however, is how confident a coaching staff must be to comfortably project a kid's athletic development that far into the future, at an age when most coaches are merely identifying which kids they even want to track. For Cornell, and the other Ivies, there's an additional issue: academic preparation. Worrying about a 15-year old's admissibility is one thing if you're the University of North Dakota or University of Alaska, but for an Ivy League school it may prove to be a little more complex. Regardless, it seems to be a growing trend. As of this writing Michigan already has 2 verbals for 2008, 2 for 2009, and one for 2010. Even Notre Dame has joined the youth race by having picked up commitments from Patrick Gaul (2008) and Cam Fowler (2009).

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