Morris is close to being a Wolfpacker

For Derek Morris, the topsy-turvy recruiting battle is almost over. Morris, an All-American offensive tackle from last season, is close to signing with N.C. State.

Morris took an official visit to the Wolfpack on Monday and Tuesday this week.

"It was just a regular ole' trip," said Morris. "The typical visit just like when I visited there last year. I really like N.C. State and I feel real good and comfortable there. I will make the decision no latter than Christmas. Right now, it looks like N.C. State but I need to talk with my family some more. I will not make any mistakes with this one. But it is looking good for N.C. State."

Last week, the Miami Hurricanes called him again hoping to get a January visit from Morris. They called back again this week.

"Miami is talking like they want me to stall and come in next month. They are trying to get stuff figured out."

The "stuff" Morris is talking about is the uncertainty as to why every other school has bailed on him during his second go-around with the recruiting process. Morris signed with Ohio State last season but the Buckeyes released him from his letter of intent. Schools like Georgia, Florida, Auburn and others wanted to recruit him but ended up cutting ties, leaving N.C.State as the lone school that has stuck by the big man.

"I would love for Derek to sign with NC State," said his father, Derek Sr. "The kid has done nothing wrong. I would love for him to stay close to home. I hope something is done in the next couple of days."

Morris, now 6-6.5 and 349 pounds, is a super OL prospect. He is the type of player that could step into any program and contribute as a true freshman. Morris recently bench pressed an amazing 525 pounds. Physically, he is ready for the college game.

Hopefully, his situation is resolved soon, as it looks like Chuck Amato will be be getting a great big Christmas gift in the form on an offensive lineman.

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