For an admitted longtime fan of the LSU program, Thursday brought a great afternoon for Ocean Springs High receiver Joe Morrow.
Taking in his first visit to the football operations center, Morrow stood alongside current Tiger commit and fellow Ocean Springs native Travis Dickson and watched the LSU football team during their final practice before Saturday’s spring game.
“I spent a lot of time looking at the receivers,” said the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Morrow. “I really liked what I saw. The coaches had them working hard, and everyone looked sharp.”
Before the session ended there was a visit from head coach Les Miles, the first of a few before the afternoon’s end.
“He told me that his receivers were really thin and that he had a lot of walk on guys out there practicing with the group now,” Morrow said. “Coach Miles said that I was the type of player who could make a difference in LSU’s offense. It felt really cool to hear that from him, because before the day I didn’t really expect any of this.”
However, the most unexpected event came at the end of the day, just before Morrow boarded a plane headed to Miami to participate in the weekend’s Nike Combine.
“I had met and talked with all the coaches, then coach Miles told me that he wanted me to have a scholarship offer,” Morrow said. “It really shocked me. I had no idea that it would happen. I just thought J.T. [Dickson] and me were coming over to hang out and watch the guys practice.”
The offer is Morrow’s sixth, joining Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss.
While he said that there are no favorites at this point in the process, it was clear that the most recent offer gave the Magnolia State standout plenty to contemplate.
“I think some of the LSU coaches thought I might commit, but they asked me to just take the offer and think about it,” Morrow said. “I let them know that I would go home and talk to my mom and then think things over for a few weeks.
“Right now, there is not a real rush. But the visit definitely impressed me.”
If the decision is delayed into the summer months and beyond, expect Morrow to continue to hear plenty about the Tigers.
“The coaches all told me that they would be recruiting me hard, and I know that J.T. will be staying on me,” he said. “Today he was pretty excited about getting the chance to start recruiting people to his new team, and I think it would be cool if we got to keep playing together.”