Morris Names Top Five

Romar Morris, a 5-foot-9, 172-pound athlete from Salisbury (N.C.) High, has narrowed his focus to five schools.

The finalists are Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

"Mostly it's just the coaches that stood out," Morris said. "The coaches [from those five schools] were very nice. They told me about the school, how bad they wanted me, and just told me how I could make an impact."

A dozen schools have offered Morris a scholarship, including all five favorites.

Of his favorite schools, Morris has visited Georgia Tech and UNC. Joe Pinyan, Salisbury's head football coach, is in the process of scheduling July trips to the remaining three schools – Clemson, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

"After I take those visits, I'll evaluate all five [favorite schools]," Morris said. "If I feel like the time is right, I'll commit."

If not, Morris says he'll go into the season uncommitted and proceed to take official visits.

"But I think I'll be ready [to make a decision] by the time the season starts," Morris said.

The determining factor will be Morris' comfort level.

"I guess it's going to [come down to] how I feel around the other players that are going to be there when I'm there and the coaching staff, since I'm going be around them for the next four or five years," Morris said. "I want to at least feel like I'm at home when I'm away from home."

Just about every favorite school is recruiting Morris for a different offensive role. Clemson likes him at wide receiver, Georgia Tech would like him to play the A-back in their triple-option offense, UNC and Tennessee are recruiting him as a running back and slot receiver, and South Carolina likes him at his high school position, running back.

"I just want to play," Morris said. "Halfback or receiver – it really doesn't matter to me. Both [positions] I can be an impact."

UNC was the first school to offer Morris a scholarship and the school he has visited the most.

"I like the school, for one, because it's close – not too far from home," Morris said of the Tar Heels. "And then I got a chance to talk to Butch Davis, one-on-one – I worked out with him, one-on-one, matter-of-fact. All the coaches treat me like a family."

UNC is Morris' only favorite to have offered his teammate, Darien Rankin, although South Carolina appears close to following suit. Regardless, Morris says they aren't a definite package deal.

"There are three of us down here at my school – [John Knox, Morris, and Rankin] – that are real close and we talked about how it would be cool to go to the same school," Morris said. "If it works out and we're all at the same school, that would be cool."

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