Doug Morris needs a higher education and a place to play college football for the next four or five years.
It has the potential to be a nice match. The big lineman says that it soon will be.
After spending the last weekend in Auburn and then taking a few days to reflect on his college pick, the 6-3 1/2, 270-pounder with 4.7 speed says recruiting is done and he will be a Tiger. An Auburn Tiger that is. He was scheduled to visit LSU this coming weekend, but that is not happening.
Doug Morris has size and speed as a defensive end.
"I am very impressed with the academic program at Auburn," Morris says. "I am very impressed with the football program, too. I just fell in love with the place on my visit there and I feel Auburn is the right place for me." He says that he is interested in both sports medicine and business as fields of study.
With holes left by the graduation of seniors James Callier, Alton Moore and Javor Mills, defensive ends are a major priority for Tommy Tuberville's Tigers. Compounding the problem is that another Northwest Floridian, Seante Williams from Pine Forest High in Pensacola, didn't get the job done in the classroom during his stay at Coffeyville, Kan., Community College. Williams graduated, but needed a higher grade point average to be accepted for admission to Auburn. He was a sign-to-place prospect for the Tigers back in the 2000 signee class.
A three-year starter for Woodham High School, Morris earned All-Northwest Florida honors as a senior. He is a third team All-State pick. He was named to the Prepstar and Superprep All-American teams.
Prior to visiting Auburn, Morris took official visits to Kentucky and Wake Forest and had college coaches from around the Southeast beating a path to Woodham High to check him out.
"One of my favorite things that I like about Auburn is how the players are so together," he says. "They hang out together and really like each other. They also like and respect their coaches and that is very obvious to me. It should be a great place to be a college student and a college football player."
As a senior Morris was credited with 59 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, eight quarterback sacks, three pass deflections and he returned an intercepted pass 48 yards for a touchdown against Gulf Breeze High. As a junior, he suffered a fractured forearm and was only able to play in four games, but still managed 24 tackles and three sacks while forcing three fumbles and recovering two.
Doug Morris as a junior at Woodham High.
"That Gulf Breeze game was one of my favorites," Morris says. "I felt like I played great every play from start to finish. I wanted to be a leader out there on the field for my team."
Doug Morris is a track standout, too. Here he is shown as a junior.
Tiger Ticket Extra: This recruit is already stronger than most players you can find on Saturdays at college football stadiums. He bench presses 395 pounds, clean and jerks 330 pounds, squats 480 pounds and incline presses 315 pounds. Combine that with a 35-inch vertical jump and a 3.1 grade point average and you have an exciting prospect. He is an accomplished shot put and discus man, too. He has been the state runnerup in both events the past two years. Morris has a personal record of 55 feet in the shot and 158 feet, 11 inches in the discus.
Tiger Ticket Extra: No prospect ever made a grander entrance at an Auburn summer football camp than Morris, who arrived from Pensacola via stretch limo, courtesy of his father's company. His father drove the big defensive end to AU on the official recruiting visit last weekend via limo.