Before he left for his official visit to Arkansas this weekend, Ocean Springs (MS) High wideout Joe Morrow got a call from Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen.
"They (the Bulldogs) have made a lot of coaching changes, but I talked to Coach Mullen before I came over here to tell him I was still committed to Mississippi State, but I wanted to see what Arkansas had to offer and how it was up there," Morrow said.
Morrow (6-5, 200) is indeed getting a look at Arkansas this weekend and will take his official visit to Mississippi State next weekend.
"I will try to go to Mississippi State next week, but those would be the only two schools I am looking at," Morrow said.
There are certainly some good reasons that Morrow wanted to take a look at Arkansas before he signs on Wednesday, Feb. 2.
"They were number three in the nation in passing so I really like that," Morrow said. "Ryan Mallett is leaving, but they have a real great back up (Tyler Wilson).
"They've also got another quarterback – (2011 commit) Brandon Allen - I got to know when we were at an (Offense-Defense) all-star game together that can really throw it," Morrow added.
The versatility of the Arkansas offense appeals to Morrow.
"They like to spread the ball out, use versatile receivers, use screen passes, throw the ball a lot," Morrow said. "That's a lot of stuff my high school didn't do, but I am looking forward to jumping into the system like that and helping my team win."
Morrow is being recruited by Arkansas assistant Steve Caldwell and has been for some time.
"He has been recruiting me since I was a junior," Caldwell said. "He has been there with me through the whole process. I had troubles with my grades and I pulled them up. He really helped me and talked me through the whole thing."
Morrow had 44 catches for 618 yards and five touchdowns while also having 51 tackles and two interceptions for a 7-5 Greyhounds team that lost in the opening round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
That came after a junior season where he hauled in 39 passes for 763 yards and 11 touchdowns for an Ocean Springs team that finished 11-3 and got into the third round of the playoffs.
"Our season got cut short when we lost to Meridian in the first round," Morrow said. "A lot of people expected us to go farther than we did last year, but we just did have the offense that we did last year. Everybody did what they could."
Morrow thinks he could have had a better season.
"I think I did good, but I could have done better," Morrow said. "Everybody has a bad season or some bad games sometime so I am not really worried about it. Hopefully I can continue what I did in high school in college."
He is a complete wide receiver.
"I think I have the hands, speed and strength," Morrow said.
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