Lee Morris living his OU dream

Offers from in-state schools, it was an easy choice for Allen (Texas) High's Lee Morris to head to OU as a preferred walk-on.

It didn’t matter one bit to Allen (Texas) High wide receiver Lee Morris that he wasn’t getting a scholarship to Oklahoma. He was still going to fulfill his OU dream and that was good enough for him.

Morris, a 6-foot-2 receiver who had offers from North Texas, SMU and New Mexico State, decided to bypass the free education for a chance to continue his family’s tradition of wearing the crimson and cream.

“OU has been my dream since I was a kid,” Morris said. “My dad went there. My parents have season tickets. It has been the team I’ve wanted to play for. I couldn’t see myself at any other school except OU.”

Morris’ father, Lee Morris Sr., was also a wide receiver at OU. He started off as a preferred walk-on from Del City (Okla.) High before eventually earning a scholarship and playing one season in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.

The younger Morris has been going to OU games for as long as he can remember. One moment still stands out nearly seven years later.

“It was the OU-Texas Tech game, I think, in 2008,” Morris said. “I was sitting there on the rail near the end zone, and it was freezing. I didn’t care, though, that was such a great memory.”

He’s hoping to have memories of his own as Morris will be a preferred walk-on for the Sooners. He had 43 catches for 888 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior in helping Allen win its third consecutive state championship.

Morris’ original OU connections were former coaches Jay Norvell and Josh Heupel, and he took an unofficial visit to OU last season for the Kansas State game.

It was a big surprise to him when both Norvell and Heupel were relieved of their duties, but he still had the dream. He was able to get in touch with Lincoln Riley and Cale Gundy, and he knew his search was done.

Morris had options. He was considering a trip to North Texas that final weekend before signing day. But about a week before that trip, Riley and Gundy had made it clear to him the preferred walk-on spot was there for Morris.

Morris isn’t sure if he’ll be an outside receiver or an inside one, but he knows what he feels he brings to the table.

“There are three things – my physicality, my jumping ability and my hands,” Morris said. “I’m physical off the line and can beat press coverage. I have the jumping ability to reach anything, and I catch everything with my hands.”

Of course Allen has been kind to OU in the last couple of years with Tay Evans and Bobby Evans. Tay will be a redshirt freshman linebacker this year, while Bobby was a mid-year enrollee for this class.

“I talked to Bobby a couple of weeks ago, and he just talked about how the strength and conditioning is so different compared to high school. He’s really enjoying it so far.”

Morris said the first half of his season wasn’t what he was hoping for. He said he went a few games without any receptions. He watched the film, fixed his route running, and it made all the difference down the stretch.

“I’m a late bloomer,” Morris said. “Late in the season, I felt I really hit my groove. I’m ready for this next step. I’m ready to be a Sooner.”

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