In May, the Shreveport (La.) Fair Park athlete showed off his talent on the track when he ran a 22.42 in the 200m at the LHSAA State Outdoor Championships.
So with his stock rising, Morris Claiborne arrived in Baton Rouge last Sunday for the start of the Tiger’s camp ready to make a big impression.
By the end of the week, his stock was higher than ever.
“It felt really good,” Claiborne said. “The whole week was great. I had one minor setback with an eye injury, but other than that I did everything I came to do.”
Of course, the Tiger’s camp was not one that Claiborne casually stumbled upon.
“Getting down to LSU and showing the coaches what I had was my main priority this summer,” he said. “When I found out when the camp was, I just hit the weight room and worked out as hard as I could. Everyday I would work harder than the day before; that kind of thing.”
Of course, the extra work paid off after the Shreveport-native’s performance in camp.
“The coaches really liked me, especially at wide receiver,” Claiborne said. “I played some safety on the last day, but I really like working with the wide receivers since that is where I am being looked at by the staff. But, don’t get me wrong, I will play safety. I will do anything to get on the field.”
It was that same sense of enthusiasm towards hard work and dedication that landed Claiborne in the situation he is in.
Still, the offer from the defending National Champions is the one that he has been holding out for.
“I don’t have any leaders or anything like that because I am waiting to see how things with LSU could play out,” Claiborne said. “I did what I could do when I came down, so that is behind me. I am now just back to working out everyday and getting into the best shape I can be. The coaches really worked me out at the camp, so I know where I need to be to compete at that level.”