- Ben Hall
Kent State defensive tackle Kalil Morris Signs with the Baltimore Ravens
After the 2019 NFL Draft the Baltimore Ravens signed 19 undrafted free agents. Defensive tackle Kalil Morris was one of the players signed.
The 6-foot-2, 319 pound lineman was a 5th year senior at Kent State. Morris is from Columbus, Ohio and attended Bishop Hartley high school.
“It means a lot to be able to represent my city in a positive way,"Morris said when asked about representing Columbus. "Hopefully to inspire other players that anything is possible no matter where you come from. I am a long way away from making it, but my goal is to continue to take steps in the correct direction.
"My friends always ask where I would want to live when I’m old and have a family and I always say I want to move back to Columbus to raise my family there.”
Kent State helped Morris develop both as a player and as a person in his 5 years at the school. The school also helped him prepare for the NFL.
“Being at Kent State has helped the growth of not only me as a player but as a man as well. It taught me a lot of patience and how to get out of my own comfort zone to help my team.
"Most people don’t realize that when you you get out of your own way for the bigger picture that’s when you will see the biggest change in yourself. Our record has never been great, but that makes your appreciation for the game that much greater. It humbles you as a man and a player. It really forces you to look at yourself in the mirror and be honest with where you’re at as a player,” Morris said.
While at Kent State, Morris did not fully spark until his senior year. As a red-shirt senior, Morris started all 12 games at nose tackle and recorded 47 tackles and 6 tackles for loss. He was selected to play in the College Gridiron Showcase.
He was also named Second Team All-MAC.
“Being named 2nd team All-Mac was a great achievement for me," Morris said. "It did fall short of my goal, but I was still grateful to be recognized by the Mid American Conference,”
After his college season ended, Morris trained at his college for the draft.
“After college was over I got ready for the draft by training at Kent State with our strength coach Jeff Sobol," Morris said. "I also on occasion went to train at Grossetti Performance in PA,”
Kalil Morris chose number 91 and is ready to compete for a spot on the Ravens.