Rodney Morris has dealt with plenty at the high school level. He is on a team with top talent all around him, has had to adjust during his senior season since he transferred in, and is getting late looks in the recruiting game.
Still, it's better late than never.
The Alpharetta (Ga.) wide receiver catches his passes from four-star quarterback Joshua Dobbs (Arizona State pledge) and has to compete for catches with Vanderbilt commit Carlos Burse. However, the Raiders are in a three-way tie atop the 6-AAAAAA region – much because of the depth of the offense's aerial attack.
"Things are going well, just trying to finish the season strong," said Morris. "We got Centennial High School this week."
Things are picking up for Morris off the field as well. He already has FCS scholarship offers from solid schools like Appalachian State and UT-Chattanooga, and the FBS extensions have rolled in recently with Western Kentucky and UNC-Charlotte pulling the trigger. Are BCS schools next on the horizon?
"Syracuse, Missouri, North Carolina State, Furman, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and a couple more schools are starting to show a lot of interest," said the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder. "N.C. State and Vanderbilt like me at safety and linebacker. Furman likes me at tight end and Syracuse and Missouri like me at receiver."
With a big body and versatile skill-set, Morris has options. But one side of the ball has always appealed more than the other.
"My heart is on the offensive side of the ball," he said. "But I will play whatever to go to school for free."
That path will be a busy one after the season, once the senior has time to get out on trips.
"We are probably visiting N.C. State soon," he added. "I don't have any official visits planned at the moment."
With plenty of schools interested, Vandy, Missouri and Syracuse may be the ones to watch out for the most. Fellow wideout and teammate Burse is committed to the Commodores while the Tigers and Orange are in need of a play-maker on the outside in the class of 2013.
"Haha yes he always mentions it," said Morris of Burse recruiting him. "But those are the schools I'm very interested in at this point in time."