July 8, 2010

Tide in top three for Miss. OL

Jackson (MS) offensive tackle Aaron Morris has flown a bit under the radar so far despite a dominant junior season for Callaway High School but now recruiting is beginning to heat up for the 6-foot-5, 318-pound lineman. Morris spent the month of June competing at various camps around the South and came away with a few new offers to show for his work.

"Last month I went to camps at Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama. It was intense to do all those camps so close together but I really enjoyed it and I feel like it has made me a better player."

"Southern Miss has offered me now and I think Auburn is really close to offering me as well. They want me to come down to their camp this month so they can see me in person but I've been hearing from them a lot and they seem to like me."

The four-star tackle's impressive performance at Alabama's one-day OL/DL camp back in June earned him a scholarship offer from the defending national champs, a move which put the Tide almost instantly among the top contenders for his services.

"I had been talking to Alabama for a while but they finally offered me at their camp. Coach Saban said he had been watching me work at the camp and he really liked my performance a lot, especially in the one-on-one portion. They really liked the way I competed and they said they really are looking for guys like me to play tackle for them."

While the Tide have made a strong impression so far, the in-state schools hold a lot of appeal for Morris as well. Morris said that ultimately his decision might have more to do with academics than athletics.

"The Mississippi schools are always going to be right there for me because I've grown up around them but I also like Alabama a lot. I would say Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama are definitely my top three right now and Auburn could be up there too depending on how things play out with them. They all have great football programs but what I want to see is how I fit in on campus. I want to pick a major pretty soon because that will be a big factor in my decision. I want to try and pick the school that has the best academic program for what I want to do."

Morris doesn't plan on taking things any easier in July, with visits to Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama and possibly Auburn.

"I will be spending most of the rest of the summer practicing and I will also try to get in visits to my top three schools again if I can. I'm not sure yet if I'll be going to Auburn's camp, it's just going to depend on my schedule."

Morris is rated the nation's No. 24 offensive tackle according to Rivals.com and the nation's No. 249 overall prospect.

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