Morris: 'Tennessee feels like home'

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — There's a lot class of 2016 wide receiver prospect A.J. Morris doesn't know.

As Morris' still-young recruitment continues to progress, he says he wants to sit down and think of all the criteria he wants to find in a program.

Right now, the Lancaster Christian (Tenn.) Academy standout isn't sure what factors will matter most as more offers come his way.

But he is certain about one thing: he likes Tennessee. A lot.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder rattles off a winding list of reasons why he's so high on the Vols — from the facilities, coaches and passionate fan base.

But Morris calls the best aspect of the Tennessee program its "family feel."

"I like it because of the home feel it has. Tennessee feels like home. It has this great atmosphere and I just really feel comfortable there," Morris told InsideTennessee. "I don't really know what it is, but it's a good place. I just liked it a lot."

Morris holds two offers from Tennessee and UCLA.

Recently, he's been receiving interest from Alabama, Ohio, Clemson and Ole Miss.

"Hopefully more offers are coming, but I'm just thankful to be in this situation right now," Morris said.

Morris, who admittedly grew up rooting for the Crimson Tide, said another aspect he likes about Tennessee is its emphasis on owning the state in recruiting.

"I love the fact they want all the best players to go over there. They work hard. They're trying to lock this place down and I love that. It's like it's your duty to play there if you're from here," Morris said. "Tennessee, that's my hometown team, man, so I'll cheer for them any day. I love the Vols."

Morris last visited Knoxville for the Orange & White spring game in early April, calling the experience "crazy."

"Those fans are awesome," Morris said. "That was such a fund time. I enjoyed it a lot, man. I love (Tennessee coach) Butch Jones, too. He's my man."

Morris said he'd like to visit Tennessee again "soon."

But for now, he's focusing on recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Morris was cleared less than a week ago and wanted to hit the road to recovery running. So, he figured he'd go up against some of the best prospects in the state at the Tennessee Exposure Camp at Tennessee State University.

"It's all good. You want to test yourself against the best and see how you stack up," Morris said. "You want to push yourself, you don't get better just doing things you're comfortable with."

Morris got to test his talents against Class of 2015 cornerback prospects Cameron Ordway and Ugo Amadi, saying he felt like he competed "very well."

"I'm just trying to be a better player each and every day," Morris said. "You have to work to get to your dreams."


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