When Wilson, Mississippi State's defensive coordinator, was helping the Maroon squad put together a roster for the spring game on April 21, one of his top priorities was Morrow, the 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman receiver.
"I wanted to get the only guy that we couldn't cover all this whole spring, and that was Joe Morrow," Wilson said. "He makes plays in man (defense), he makes plays in zone. I'm really excited about what he brings to the table."
Imagine the excitement, then, of the folks on the offensive side of the ball for MSU. Morrow, an Ocean Springs product, is expected to add a new dimension to a passing game that has rarely caused defenses concern down the field.
He's easily the biggest receiver on the team and knows how to use his body.
"As you well know, when you start in high school, separation is 5 yards, and the guy's wide open," offensive coordinator Les Koenning said. "You go to college, separation's maybe 2 yards. You go to the NFL, separation is right by each other.
"So you have to understand that, and those big-bodied kids can really lean on people and still be open. They create a great target for you, even though there's linebacker levels and people in there, you can still see over them, because they're still open.
"I know our quarterbacks really like throwing to him, because they can find him."
Starting quarterback Tyler Russell likes what he's seen of Morrow, and the strong-armed junior is eager to see more. MSU is expected to have a more vertical passing game this fall, and Russell-to-Morrow will be a big part of that.
"I still want him to step up and be that big-time wide receiver that we do need," Russell said. "We're going to work real hard in the summer to get him ready, and I think he's going to be a big part of the offense this year."
Like a lot of second-year players, Morrow has reached a certain comfort level regarding the schemes and what's expected of him. He also understands that there is much still to learn.
Morrow has had good moments and bad moments. The spring game was a perfect example: Morrow dropped a couple of passes early, but he wound up making six catches for 97 yards, with a 17-yard touchdown and a long reception of 28 yards.
So he still needs to be a more consistent player, but Morrow has set a high standard for himself. The player he tries to emulate is Calvin Johnson, a.k.a. Megatron, the Detroit Lions' All-Pro receiver.
"That's who I look up to," Morrow said. "Some people (call me) Megatron, but I say, nah, he's already got that. So I just call myself Jumbotron."
Catchy. All Morrow has to do now is play well enough to make it stick.
"I could see myself as a big target," he said, "but I've just got to go out there and make myself known."