“I signed with Gadsden State and I am really excited about it,” Morton said. “I have been playing tennis for three years. What got me started: We were playing badminton my freshman year and my principal recommended to play tennis. I start playing and I enjoyed it.”
Morton was impressed with the facilities at Gadsden State when he went up there in December. Being close to home also played a huge role in Morton’s decision to go to Gadsden State.
“I went to their campus and I really enjoyed it,” Morton said. “I wanted to stay close to home.”
Pell City tennis pro Sarah Stewart believes what Morton has been able to achieve in three years is remarkable. Stewart has coached Morton for the last three years at the Pell City Civic Center.
“Scott has been playing three years,” Stewart said. “What he has been able to accomplish in that short period of time is remarkable. Most boys pick up where it is competitive and to go on to play college sports most kids cant do it from age 14-17 and that is what he has been able to accomplish so far. Gadsden State is a top 20 program in the nation. It is a huge testimony of the work that Scott put in that allowed him to get to this point. I’ve had kids for eight or nine years and they are not at this level.”
Stewart said that Morton has the skills and his work ethic will help him be successful on the collegiate level.
“He is a great kid,” Stewart said. “I would say that he is not your normal teenager. He works for the tennis center as well as being one of my students. What that means for Scott is that he is practicing at 4 a.m. He goes to school after that, and then he comes back to work until 9 p.m. probably three nights a week. Like I said, he is not a normal teenager, but most kids wouldn’t be able to do that. He listens, he is eager to learn, he is athletic and he is very quick. Everything that he needs to succeed he got. We are very excited.”
Morton believes signing took some of the pressure off him on the court.
The senior hopes now to play and just focus on trying to accomplish his goal of making it to the state tournament.