Morris Still Favors Gophers

With a handful of current commits out of the state of Florida, it looks like the new Gopher staff has found a way to recruit the hotbed of talent. One player from the Sunshine State who is looking at Minnesota is Piper (Fla.) defender Barrington Morris.

Morris is a 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker/defensive end hybrid. The Gophers are recruiting him to play both positions at the next level. Along with holding an offer from Minnesota, Morris also claims offers from around the country including Syracuse, Connecticut, and Illinois.

"My latest offer is Texas Tech," he said. "It's been a little slow so far. I'm not really giving my focus to that right now. I still have another year in high school to do this."

Throughout the recruiting process Morris has kept one school in front of the rest.

"Minnesota is still number one," he said.

Although he has not personally been in contact with the Gopher staff recently, he and two of his teammates are thinking about taking unofficial visits to the Twin Cities.

"I haven't talked to coach Bill Miller in a couple weeks," he said. "My coach has talked to coach Bill Miller about trying to get me, Dinero [Moss], and Roy Powell for an unofficial visit."

Morris hopes to be able to make the trip but there are some obstacles in making the cross-country trek.

"It's a funding problem," he said. "It's a 50-50 type deal. It'd be in August. Either the first or second week of August," Morris added about a possible visit.

He lists Minnesota and Connecticut as possible destinations for official visits this fall.

Morris, who was thinking about committing to the Gophers last month, has since changed his timeline for a decision.

"Recently I had that I was going to sign on February but then I was thinking I might move it to my senior night. Probably my last regular season game."

A commitment could cap of a big year for Morris who has high expectations for himself this season.

"Seeing as how I will be like a linebacker and a defensive end, I was thinking like double digit sacks and maybe 70-plus tackles," he said. "I want to make an impact. I know I'm going to make it. I have no doubt in my mind. I just have a good feeling about it."

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