Why no major programs have offered Morton's all-state running back
Numbers don’t lie, especially in the case of Seth Glatz.
The Morton running back is on a historic tear during his senior season, rushing for 3,064 yards and 45 touchdowns — putting him among the nation’s leading rushers, according to MaxPreps.com.
In three playoff games, the back has 1,059 yards and 16 TDs heading into the Potters (10-2) Class 5A semifinal at 3 p.m. Saturday against Kankakee (12-0).
Glatz is fast approaching the single-season Illinois High School Association rushing record, needing 262 yards. Lexington’s T.J. Stinde holds the mark with 3,325 yards during a 13-1 run to the 2009 Class 1A state title game.
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Glatz's 5,819 yards in just 27 career games rank him 14th all-time, while his 45 TDs this season put him tied for fourth in the record book.
All that on-field production, and the 5-foot-11, 185-pound bell cow back has barely a whisper of college interest.
“I'm befuddled just like you,” Morton coach Tim Brilley said. “I think it’s picking up. I think the fact that he's having the postseason he's having is going to help a great deal.”
Brilley speculates there’s potentially several factors that has caused Glatz to be overlooked. First, he points to the NCAA allowing the COVID-19 automatic waiver, which permits student-athletes to receive an extra year of eligibility due to the global pandemic.
The transfer portal maybe the biggest factor to date.
“There's a lot of transfers,” the six-year coach said. “That sprinkles down into the (Football Championship Subdivision), Division II levels. So, I think a lot of colleges play wait-and-see right now, because they don't necessarily have to pull the trigger because they know they can just go grab kids out of that portal.”
Being a three-sport athlete, Glatz came right out of spring football and into track and field in June — and then transitioned into summer basketball. He attended very few summer football exposure camps.
And despite the lack of interest, Brilley says Glatz, who holds a 4.0 GPA with no red flags, has remained concentrated on the team’s goals and showed no signs of frustration during the process.
Multiple times Brilley and his staff has reached out to in-state programs like Illinois State, as well as others.
There has been little to no response so far.
“He wants to get recruited,” Brilley said. “We haven't talked a lot about it. We're focused on winning, you know, continue on playing. It's kind of on the backburner for everybody. But at the same time, we're still trying to promote him and do all that stuff, but at this point, it's like, ‘Come on!’ ”
As of Tuesday night, one football team — Missouri Baptist University, an NAIA program — had offered the Illinois High School Coaches Association all-stater a scholarship. However, that doesn’t mean teams aren’t starting to come out of the woodwork for his services following last Saturday’s quarterfinal appearance.
Glatz rushed for 401 yards and six touchdowns in the 40-28 win over previously unbeaten Mahomet-Seymour, securing Morton’s first-ever trip to the semis.
“(My recruiting) just started to kick up,” Glatz told the Journal Star on Tuesday. “I’ve been talking to North Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Miami of Ohio, Missouri State and then just a bunch of other like big NAIA, Division II schools.”
The schools that have contacted Glatz are sold on him playing running back. Although a standout defensive player, the colleges have told Glatz they want him in the backfield.
There’s been no definite Division I offer yet, just growing attention.
“Definitely more interest in (me playing) running back right now,” he said. “They definitely like how I run, my vision and just my ability to breakout plays. That’s been the main (points).”
Adam Duvall is a Journal Star sports reporter. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.