Morris To Visit Florida?

Will offensive tackle prospect Derek Morris, Jr, visit the Florida Gators? Morris has three official visits lined up.

There is a recruiting battle shaping up for one of the biggest and strongest prospects in the nation. At this time, offensive tackle prospect Derek Morris, Jr. has a top three and dad, Derek Morris, Sr., has a top four.

"I really like Ohio State, Georgia and Tennessee," said Morris, Jr. I will visit those three schools for sure. I also like Florida, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and NC State. My father really likes Florida, Tennessee, Ohio State, and Georgia. I like Florida too but I have not been there yet so it is hard to say. Right now, I am searching for two more schools to visit."

Morris, from Huntersville (NC) North Mecklenberg High School near Charlotte, will visit Ohio State on October 6th, Georgia on November 9th and Tennessee on December 7th. Those are all slated for official visits. Morris, 6-6 and 342 pounds, will likely set up a fourth official visit to Florida.

"I like what I see in the Gators. They have a great offense and I could showcase my blocking skills. But I need to go visit them and see for myself."

Right now, Florida trails the Buckeyes, Dawgs and Vols. "I love Coach Berry (OL Coach) and I feel I can trust him. He worked with me at their camp and seems like a good coach. I like his style and attitude. Plus, I like Tennessee's business school.

"I also like the OL coach at Ohio State. I like his (Coach Bowman) tactics. He has coaches a lot of big offensive tackles like myself.

"But coach (Mike) Bobo is the man. He is recruiting me for Georgia. Coach Bobo is my favorite coach to speak with on the phone. Man is he cool. I can talk with him for hours. I also like Georgia's offense and their need Head Coach (Mark Richt)"

Morris is a little banged up at the moment. The opposing team keeps hitting him low and going for his knees. He got chopped last Friday night but it did not slow the big guy down. Morris is averaging a few tackles per game defensively and about a dozen pancake blocks offensively. He has not allowed a sack this year and last weekend, he did not give up a tackle. Last week, he was being double and triple teamed playing nose guard. North Mecklenberg's middle linebacker, Mike Gentry, finished with 35 tackles. "He came up to me after the game and hugged me even though we lost. I am not kidding."

Morris will visit Athens unofficially for the Georgia/Arkansas game this weekend. He has already attended one game this season (Syracuse/Tennessee).

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