Morris still collecting offers

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Christian Morris continues to be a hot name in the recruiting circles around the Class of 2013.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive lineman added an offer from Louisville earlier this week to give him seven BCS schools firmly interested in the Memphis, Tenn., native's talent.

The East High School product also has offers from Clemson, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Memphis and Tennessee

While the Volunteers have not had the best success in Memphis area recruiting recently, signing only four Memphis players in the last six recruiting classes, they have not given up recruiting the state's largest city. Heading up UT's effort to land Morris is newly-hired offensive line coach Sam Pittman. 

"I like (coach Pittman's) enthusiasm as a coach, and I like how he inspires me to go hard at everything that I do," Morris said. 

Pittman is trying to sell Morris on the fact that the Vols will make him a better player and improve his skill set. 

"Mainly, he tells me that Tennessee is going to be a program that is going to get you better at what you do," Morris said. "He tells me to stay in that weight room and work on my technique 24/7." 

Morris is also drawing the attention of big-name college football programs like Ohio State, Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU, Vanderbilt, Georgia and Illinois

"I don't have any favorites right now," he said. 

Though he doesn't have a list of finalists, he does have an idea as to what he wants in a collegiate football program. 

"Most importantly, tradition and that I can build a huge relationship with the coaches, even after football, and to share a big bond with my team too," Morris said. 

These high profile colleges are recruiting Morris to play offensive tackle. He played last season at left tackle for the Mustangs and played at right tackle in 2010. 

He played a pivotal role along a line of blockers that paved the way for Vanderbilt signee Brian Kimbrow's being named a finalist for Class AAA Mr. Football Back of the Year.

"I feel that (last season) went very well because I didn't know I could perform up to those abilities that I had," Morris said. "Mainly my biggest weakness for right now is in run blocking, and pass blocking is my huge strength." 

The offensive tackle said that garnering the attention of these elite programs inspires him "to work hard in everything I do." 

While he is still undetermined as to what he wants to major in, sports medicine and respiratory therapist are two possibilities that stick out currently. 

Morris plans to take several visits this spring and summer to various camps and college campuses, including Knoxville at some point. 

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