Semper Fidelis All-American Malik McMorris named SI's High School Athlete of the Month

Semper Fidelis All-American Malik McMorris named SI's High School Athlete of the Month

Malik McMorris, a defensive lineman and fullback for the Mater Dei High School Monarchs and 17-year-old native of Santa Ana, Calif., receives his Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl jersey from Maj James P. Dollard, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Orange County, and SSgt Jeno Jorgensen, a local Marine recruiter, during a pep rally at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Oct. 17, 2014. Photo by Sgt Vanessa Jimenez.

Santa Ana, Calif. ( Oct. 8, 2014) - The alarm on his phone sounded at 6:50 a.m., for the fourth time that morning. No more delaying. It was time to drag himself off the living room couch that had become his bed for the past few months, microwave a frozen breakfast sandwich, throw on his dress code-approved collared shirt and hurry out the door to catch his lift to school and watch football film before class.

The house was quiet -- no one else but the dog, Duchess, who had to be fed and let out in the backyard. The triplets awoke nearly an hour ago to take a city bus to middle school. His brother Hakim was some 3,000 miles away at the Tennessee boarding school he had enrolled in on scholarship earlier this fall. His father wouldn't clock out from his midnight to 8 a.m. shift as a customs agent for Homeland Security at Los Angeles International Airport for another half hour, and wouldn't be home until he battled freeway traffic for another 90 minutes beyond that. Malik McMorris was alone in his family's one-story stucco ranch home.

But he wasn't. Not really.

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