Gophers Out Front For Morris

With the commitment of Florida cornerback Dinero Moss already in hand, the Gopher staff now looks to his high school teammate, Barrington Morris, as their next target. Morris, a defensive end, linebacker hybrid lists the Gophers as his top school right now. got the latest from this talented "Sunshine State" prospect.

Morris is a very athletic player who also possesses great size and the ability to play multiple positions on defense. The Piper (Fla.) High School athlete stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at a very lean 240-pounds.

"I don't even look 240, that's the thing," said Morris. "People think I'm 220, 200. No, I'm 240."

Although he had a successful junior campaign, Morris feels it was nothing special statistically.

"It wasn't anything too crazy," he said. "The main reason, I was playing defensive end, and you know when you play defensive end if you're good enough, they're going to scheme around you and just go opposite. That happened all season."

Although he played most of his time at defensive end, he can also play other positions on defense.

"I was mainly a defensive end but I made the transition to middle linebacker," he said.

This combination of size, athleticism and versatility has landed Morris a handful of offers. He claims offers from Minnesota, Illinois, Connecticut, FAU, FIU, and Western Michigan among others.

With plenty of interest, one school is currently out in front for Morris.

"Minnesota's number one," he said when asked if he had any favorite schools.

Morris has had a great amount of interest in the Gophers even before his teammate, Dinero Moss, committed.

"I mean it's nice, it's good," said Morris referring to Moss pledging to Minnesota. "We talked about it a couple times. I was even going to commit last Saturday but I had withdrew to think about it a little more."

The versatile Morris explained that Minnesota is looking to utilize him at multiple positions.

"I talk to coach Bill Miller, linebacker coach, he likes me a lot," he said. "They were thinking about using me as a hybrid. A guy that can play first and second down as linebacker and I can play defensive end on third down rushing the passer."

The Gophers are also interested in Morris for his work ethic on and off the field.

"I'm just a hardworking player," he said. "I want to go somewhere that's going to push me and I'm going to be able to get exposure, that's what it's all about.

"Wherever I go I'm going to try to do my best [academically]," he said.

With plenty of interest and an early favorite, Morris knows what he is trying to find in a school.

"I'm looking at a chance to play early," he said. "At the same time, a place that's going to work me like crazy."

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