Derek Morris Looking for a New Home

<B>Derek Morris</B> was an All-American offensive tackle that signed with Ohio State last season. He was recently released from his letter of intent with the Buckeyes and is now looking for a new home.

The Derek Morris saga continues. Morris, an All-American offensive tackle prospect from Huntersville (NC) North Mecklenberg High School signed with Ohio State in February. Morris, now 6-6.5 and 360 pounds, selected the Buckeyes over the Georgia Bulldogs. When he reported to Columbus, Morris was not qualified. But that changed in mid-September.

"Derek now has his test score," said Derek Morris, Sr. "He scored a 21 on the ACT. We found out on September 14th. They didn't want Derek to play this season. I pushed the issue hard with the coaches up there. You know how involved I am and I was upset. Derek was upset. Derek wanted to play and he could have helped them this season. But they didn't see that and Derek asked for his release."

Morris is now free to sign with anyone. Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Miami, Oklahoma, Nebraska, NC State, and Boston College are teams that Morris is thinking about right now.

"I contacted Tennessee yesterday and I guess we have to go through this all over again," said Derek, Jr. "I am trying to contact other schools as well. They have been trying to get a hold of me but because we just moved back to North Carolina, they have had to go through my high school coach."

Morris said his high school coach fielded 40 calls from different schools yesterday alone. Morris would like to get the decision done sooner rather than later.

"I will probably go to Georgia if things work out right. I should have gone to Georgia in the first place. I know I could have played early and I love the OL coach. Ohio State just didn't work out. I really felt I could have gone in there and started and helped those guys out. What's done is done and I am just trying to move on."

Morris and his family moved to Columbus only to move back to North Carolina four days ago. They are now living in Durham. Morris continues to work out and train everyday. At the moment, he is bench pressing 475 (5 times) and squatting over 700 pounds.

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