Talented OL Likes UM A Lot

This talented offensive line prospect saw his best friend get recruited by the University of Miami last year and now it's happening to him. Now, he's very interested.

One year after recruiting Florida-bound offensive tackle Randy Hand, University of Miami offensive line coach Art Kehoe is back in Estero recruiting another offensive lineman.

At 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, Morse proved at the NIKE Camp and again during spring drills why he's one of the state's premier offensive line prospects.

Early in his career, many felt he would develop into a defensive lineman.

"I played both ways as a freshman," Morse told me. "Then my sophomore year, I played defense only. Then as a junior, I played about half the time on defense."

Morse was a pretty big freshman back then at 6-1 and 280.

Morse – who carries a 3.4 GPA inside the classroom – also competes in track, where he threw the shot put 42 feet as a junior. "We really don't have a coach, rather I just do it to stay in shape and remain active during the offseason."

Morse remained very active this spring when college coaches started calling.

"I talked to a lot of different coaches," he said. "Florida, Miami, Oklahoma, LSU, Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, and North Carolina were some of the ones calling. I have six official offers in print right now – Clemson, South Carolina, Rutgers, Indiana, Michigan State, and Wake Forest."

While Morse does not have an early favorite, he does have a list of schools he'd like to check out.

"My coach and I just sat down and came up with my top six," he said. "They are Florida, Miami, Florida State, Oklahoma, Clemson, and North Carolina."

The talented offensive lineman then compared two of the in-state schools.

"I grew up rooting for Florida, but that's just because I have an older sister that went there and she made us all Gator fans," he said. "Now that the recruiting process has started, I don't have a favorite like that anymore. Florida's a real nice school and my best friend Randy Hand is going there."

"Miami is up there, too," he said. "Art Kehoe called and I really felt comfortable talking to him. He was different. I worked with him at Down & Dirty the last two years and he seems like a great coach. Then I had the chance to check out Miami when I was down there for the NIKE Camp. I like Miami a lot."

Morse, who plans on attending Down & Dirty again next month with the rest of his team, has been working very hard with them this summer.

"We work out four days a week," he said. "We lift and run a lot. We run a lot of sprints and stuff like that and it keeps us in shape. Last week we were doing 10 300's four times a week, and we'll run more and more as summer passes."

Morse said he's in no hurry to make any type of decision.

"We lost in the third round of the state playoffs last year to St. Thomas Aquinas," he said. "Fort Myers beat us in the spring last year and it motivated us to work real hard over the summer. Then they beat us again this spring so hopefully it'll motivate us some more. Our goal is to get past the third round this year and make it to the state title game."

Morse said he remembers a defensive end in that game against St. Thomas that was very difficult to block.

"They had a defensive end that was really quick, really fast, and really strong," he said. "Our running back couldn't handle him, so we had to put Randy on him and he still caused us some problems."

When I informed Morse that the defensive end being referred to is named Tavares Gooden and is coming back this season, Morse was surprised.

"Wow," he said. "I can't believe he was only a junior. He's going to be a good one."

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