Alabama lineman holds eight

Jared Morse, defensive tackle from Oxford, Ala., has collected four SEC scholarship offers along with several others as well. He has camped in Auburn and Tuscaloosa as he discussed the latest news with

"Right now the schools I have received SEC offers from are Kentucky, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Auburn," said Jared Morse. "Vanderbilt was my first offer. They offered me in February."

"Auburn offered me about three weeks ago. Arkansas offered me a little before Auburn. Kentucky offered a little bit before Arkansas."

"I have offers from Troy, UAB, Tulane and Louisiana Tech as well. I don't really know if any other schools are close to offering me. Everyone who lives in Alabama has their dream college as Alabama. It would be really good to hear from them."

Morse talk about the camp experience at the two in-state SEC schools.

"Auburn offered me a couple days before their camp," he said. "When I got down there they reassured me I had an offer from them."

"I really liked working out with coach [Tracy] Rocker. He was very intense. He told me if I couldn't handle the intensity, Auburn wasn't the place for me. I loved it because that is how coach [Todd] Bates is with us here at Oxford."

"I love Auburn a lot. It's a great school. I have a lot of friends that go to Auburn. I know it's really going to be a tough choice for me."

"The Alabama camp was OK. I didn't get to do as much one-on-ones. I actually snuck into the best group. I got a little overshadowed by some of the higher-ranked players that were there."

Morse has plenty of options, but one conference rates higher than others.

"I don't have any favorites right now," he said. "I have always wanted to play in the SEC. All of the offers that I have received have been a dream come true. I am trying not to think about it right now. I am just focusing on our upcoming season."

Morse transferred from Donoho High School in Anniston to Oxford for the 2008 season. He talked about the transition and working with Oxford defensive line coach Todd Bates.

"Last year I played nose guard, but this year I will play defensive tackle," Morse said. "I had to learn how to take on double and triple teams."

"Coach Bates always has us work on our hands. I feel like my hands are really good. I really need to improve speed. Since moving from Donoho I have added about 50-pounds."

"The transition has been really great. Everyone here has been very nice. I know the coaches knew when they first saw me I would be OK at football."

"Coach Bates [former Alabama defensive lineman] is awesome. We have become really good friends. I can call him anytime. I work out with him every morning at 6:00 a.m. I know he knows what it takes to get to the NFL."

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