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Christian Morris had a choice in February. Ole Miss or UCLA? He chose the latter.

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However, he has since been granted a release to transfer. The former four-star prospect, who was rated the No. 20 tackle in the country by Scout.com last recruiting season, intends to enroll at Ole Miss in January.

He's come full circle.

"I've decided I'm enrolling at Ole Miss in January," Morris said. "I'll be signing my conference papers with them."

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Morris was effusive in his praise of UCLA upon announcing his intentions to transfer in September. "There really is nothing negative to say about their program," he said, later citing a desire to be closer to home, where he could be near his ailing grandmother, as the principle factor in his decision.

The Memphis, Tenn., product is a former U.S. Army All-American. He will join an Ole Miss offensive line already featuring another U.S. Army All-American, Laremy Tunsil. Tunsil has started all but two games at left tackle in his true freshman season. He was recently named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week.

Christian Morris

Ole Miss graduates its right tackle, Pierce Burton, following the 2013-14 season, as well as valued reserve Emmanuel McCray and center Evan Swindall. Morris, who has played multiple positions along the offensive line, notably both left and right tackle, could fill a need.

The Rebels are 6-3 (3-3 SEC) on the year. They're set to host Troy Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.

"The players there are really cool, and the coaches stood out because (Ole Miss head) Coach (Hugh) Freeze told me he was going to really push me for great success," Morris said of what he liked about Ole Miss during his recruitment last fall.

"Academically, I talked to their counselors, and they set you up for great academic success. Even though UCLA had higher academics than Ole Miss, they were number two on my list. It's closer to home, and don't forget their fan base. They have the best fans at Ole Miss."

Morris starred for Memphis East High School. Former teammate Herbert Moore is currently a redshirt defensive tackle at Ole Miss. Along with Ole Miss and UCLA, Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, USC and Vanderbilt were among the schools to show interest in signing him.

"Ole Miss is on the rise," Morris said, "and I can be with some of my former teammates and enjoy college with the buddy system."

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