"Man it feels so good to have a new home&quot

It's over! Derek Morris now has a home at NC State!

A new chapter begins for Derek Morris. This week, the big offensive tackle from North Carolina enrolled at school with NC State, ending months of speculation after his abrupt release from Ohio State. Morris, an All-American offensive tackle prospect from Huntersville (N.C.) North Mecklenburg High School, signed with the Buckeyes. Early this fall, he was released from this letter of intent. Morris, now 6-6 and 350 pounds, was interested in NC State, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Iowa, Oklahoma, Auburn and others but one by one they did not want to recruit the mammoth OL. Chuck Amato and NC State stayed loyal to Morris and now he is one happy 'Pack-man!

"I feel so good," said Morris. "I can't wait to finally hit someone during Spring ball. I am so hungry and I am not talking about food. This whole year has been a mess. No football.

Morris moved into a dorm this week, took his physical and finished all his paper work. He is now a student-athlete going to college.

"My first class was a sociology class. The professor walked in and told us to open up the book to page so and so. I said to myself...'I am finally back in school. It's time to get down to business.' It was a great feeling, a feeling I have not had in a long time. I felt proud and thought of all the people that really supported me over the past few months."

Morris actually decided it was the NC State Wolfpack two days ago. He wavered on potentially visiting Oklahoma this weekend but instead he decided to put an end to recruiting, part two.

"Coach Amato was really happy and so am I. I guess it is time to start helping NC State recruit and host some prospects. We are supposed to do that this weekend. Spring ball starts soon and I will be ready. It looks like right tackle for me because they already have a pretty good left tackle.

"Man it feels so good to have a new home."

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