Christian Morris, formerly of Brooklyn's Bishop Loughlin, and now at the South Kent School in Connecticut, is an extremely high priority in the recruiting plans for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. It appears that the Knights have become leading contenders for his services, as Morris, one of top big-man prospects in the class of '08, acknowledged that his interest in the Scarlet Knights is "high".
It seems that Morris has a good and long-standing relationship with RU alum and first-year assistant coach Craig Carter, as Morris said he has known Coach Carter since prior to his days at Siena. Another factor that bodes well for the Knights is that it appears RU can offer Morris what he says matter most to when finally making a decision: the chance for immediate playing time. With center Byron Joynes having just one more year of eligibility left, there will be an immediate opportunity to contend for major minutes.
Still, Rutgers has of course much competition. Morris said that in addition to RU, he holds offers from Miami, Florida, St. John's and Virginia. He also said he likes math and would like to study accounting, and that he is not sure when he will decide. It does appear that only schools that are on the east coast are possible future destinations. As his AAU coach Lawrence McGugins said, "It's got to be within a two hour flight on the east coast. He's not going out west or to the mid-west".
Morris quite literally broke onto the national scene last summer when he shattered not just one but two backboards. The powerful 6'8 270 pound junior is indeed "as strong as an ox", said McGugins. He said that right now it's a virtual mismatch for Morris every time out, as when he gets it down low, it's going to be an "and 1" just about every time. He also said that Morris has a nice soft touch on the 10-15 footer, and overall possesses the ability to play on the next level.
Christian Morris said that the recruiting process overall is going pretty well. As previously mentioned, he is not sure when he will decide. He is not concerned with whether a school has a winning tradition or not, or if they are rebuilding. He just wants the chance to play right away. He indicated that he has a good relationship with the RU staff, a sentiment that Coach McGugins also expressed.
SOR will continue to follow RU's recruitment of a young man that should he
eventually pick RU, would undoubtedly play a massive role in the transformation
of the Rutgers program.