An in-state battle is potentially shaping up for one of the most dynamic athletes from the state of Kansas in the Class of 2013.
Jerel Morrow, a wide receiver and track standout from Emporia (KS) High, has long been familiar with Kansas State. He's made multiple visits to the Manhattan, Kan. campus for games, and has developed an excellent relationship with defensive line coach Mo Latimore, his lead recruiter.
"Since he's gotten to me early I've grown accustomed to him," said Morrow, who holds an offer from the Wildcats. "We're more comfortable with each other."
Recently - very recently - the Kansas Jayhawks entered the picture, opening the door to the recruiting process last week. Saturday, Morrow to an unofficial visit to Lawrence, Kan. to tour the facilities, meet with some of the coaches and attend the Kansas versus Texas basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse that afternoon.
His lead recruiter with the Jayhawks is safeties coach Clint Bowen.
"He's a really nice guy," Morrow said. "He's really stressing more the academics right now, because football is always going to be there."
Though he left the visit without an offer, he touched base with Kansas head coach Charlie Weis on Monday during his lunch period, and Weis had a bit of good news for him. The Jayhawks had decided to formally enter the race for his services, and extend a scholarship offer.
"He was kind of comical," Morrow said, of the conversation with Weis. "He said next time I'm up there instead I should see him instead of another (coach)."
Morrow was impressed after the Jayhawks hired Weis, but not because of his highly-publicized NFL and NCAA track record as a coach.
"The way I see it is they're starting, they're ready to rebuild and I like that," he explained. "But I didn't really think too much of his history with football. I thought of him as a new coach trying to rebuild the university."
Morrow expects to visit both programs again during the spring, with the beginning of Spring Football just around the corner. And though he remains open to all comers, he does expect his hometown schools to play a major role in his recruitment.
"Since I've grown up in Kansas, I definitely have to consider these two schools because I've grown up on it," Morrow said. "But I'm just taking it equal opportunity for all schools."