Auburn Leads For Big Defender

This defensive lineman says the Tigers lead following his visit to Auburn over the weekend.

Pensacola, Fla.--Looking high and low for defensive lineman this recruiting season, the Tigers have reached into the Florida panhandle to recruit one of the top big athletes in the Sunshine State for the Class of 2002. Defensive end Doug Morris from Woodham High visited the Plains officially this weekend and came away very impressed by what he saw.

"I like the academic program, the football program and the atmosphere on campus around the football players," he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Right now I'm leaning towards Auburn. The players are together. Seems like as a team whatever they're doing they're together."

A three-year starter at defensive end while also seeing some time at tight end, the 6-3 ½, 270 pound Morris was a standout player this season. Earning All Northwest Florida 1st team honors and 3rd team all-state honors, Morris accumulated 59 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 3 pass deflections and one interception which he returned 48 yards for a touchdown against Gulf Breeze High.

A Superprep and PrepStar All American, Morris says he is also considering Kentucky, Wake Forest and LSU. Having already visited the Wildcats and Demon Deacons, Morris says he will make a decision following his visit to Baton Rouge scheduled for this weekend.

A super strong player who is a member of the weightlifting and track teams at Woodham, Morris bench presses 390 pounds, clean and jerks 330 pounds, squats 480 pounds and incline presses 315 pounds.

An excellent student who plans to major in either Sports Medicine or Business, Morris carries and 3.1 Grade Point Average and is on pace to qualify. He is being recruited by Auburn as a defensive end.

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