2026 ATH Amir Morelan enjoys ‘fierce atmosphere’ during Syracuse visit

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2026 ATH Amir Morelan from Port Huron (Mich.) Northern is quickly making a name for himself.

In his freshmen season, he exploded on the varsity scene, making plays both as a wide receiver and also as a defensive back. His speed in returning kicks and his IQ in being around the ball on defensive plays has caught the attention of several Div. I programs, including Syracuse.

The Orange coaching staff invited Morelan for a visit this past weekend for the Florida State game, and though SU lost 38-3, Morelan still enjoyed the experience at the JMA Wireless Dome.

“My visit to Syracuse showed me the atmosphere that I would potentially be going into, while there I got to see the legacy of not only the football team but the college as a whole,” Morelan said an interview with The Juice Online. “I went into SU’s locker room and I saw how well the football program took care of their players. This visit showed me Syracuse’s character and personally I found this visit to definitely give me a better outlook on the college as a whole.”

Another thing that caught Morelan’s attention during the visit was SU’s emphasis toward a family culture.

“Everyone within the Dome was very welcoming and encouraging,” he said. “The fierce atmosphere at the Dome was very prominent as soon as entering. There was a competitive nature, I personally thrive off of competition and motivation so this atmosphere would definitely give me the drive to reach my full potential.”

On top of watching the game and touring the facilities, Morelan had an opportunity to meet with the coaching staff. SU pitched Morelan on the school’s academics, and discussed where Morelan sees himself at the next level.

“As a freshman I’m still exploring my options for my future,” he said. “I still have three more seasons of football to decide where I ultimately want to continue on my journey. For right now I’m trying to keep an open mind and keep exploring my options.”

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Those options are likely to be plentiful, as Port Huron went 8-2 overall and made the playoffs.

“I grew as an overall player,” Heron said. “Throughout this season our team grew as more of a family and I would say our bond definitely contributed to our success.”

Morelan compares his game to the LA Rams’ Jalen Ramsey, widely known as one of the top defensive backs in the league. But it’s not just his on the field successes that Morelan is trying to emulate.

Said Morelan: “He has dedication, drive, perseverance, respect, and leadership. I would consider myself as someone who strives to have all of those characteristics on the field and as a teammate.”

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]sujuiceonline.com.