MJ Morris has offered some insight into his decision to depart NC State after 2 seasons with the Wolfpack.

Morris appeared on 247Sports’ “Transfer Portal Palooza” Monday. After playing in 4 games, Morris elected to step away for the rest of the 2023 season to take a redshirt. Last week, he announced he would be entering the transfer portal, which opened for undergraduate entry on Monday.

Morris said he wasn’t set on transferring when he decided to redshirt.

“After the UNC game, we had a tal. They didn’t know if I was going to leave or not,” Morris said Monday. “I told them, ‘I still want to be here. This is the place I want to be, the place I committed to and said I want to be here for the next 4-5 years of my life.’

“A week later, we had another talk, they called me into the office. It was mutual, we didn’t leave on any bad blood. I still have good relationships with all of them. I left on good terms, they just told me they wanted to take different ways, go get a different quarterback, go get a starting quarterback.”

With NC State seeking a new QB, Morris decided to transfer.

“I was like, ‘I really do wish y’all the best. Whoever comes in here, I hope he succeeds here. He’s going to love this place just as much as I loved it,'” Morris told the show. “I knew right there after that conversation it was time to explore my options.”

In 4 games this season, Morris was 63-of-113 passing for 719 yards, 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He was most productive in the Marshall game, throwing for 265 passing yards and 4 touchdowns (along with 3 interceptions). The Duke game was Morris’ only contest in which he completed 60% of his passes (24-for-40, 193 yards).

Last season, Morris played in 5 games. As a freshman, he was 52-of-86 passing for 7 touchdowns and 1 interception, also rushing 49 times for 88 yards and 1 score.

Out of Carrollton (Georgia), Morris was a sought-after prospect, rated 4-stars, the No. 25 quarterback, No. 43 recruit in the state of Georgia and No. 417 prospect overall in the Class of 2022 on the 247Sports Composite.