New Interest for Jihad Morris

Jihad Morris is a talented running back/cornerback from Newburgh Free Academy in Newburgh, N.Y., who is beginning to attract some late interest after he has received some good news about his test scores. Both UConn and Syracuse have been in touch with the New York athlete.

"I just qualified with a 1060 on my SAT," Morris said. "It has really boosted things up as far as recruiting goes. I am hearing from Buffalo, Connecticut, Temple, Syracuse, Toledo, Akron and Atlantic 10 schools."

The sudden activity that has sprung up around Morris has been welcome, but he is content to sit back, take his visits and make sure that he will be making the best decision possible for his future.

"No one really expected me to qualify. It was so late that many of the programs that are interested have already given their word to some other players. I definitely understand that, so I am just going to take some visits and if I have to wait past signing day, then I just have to wait."

"I have already taken one official visit to Temple, and it was nice, but there was a problem," Morris explained. "They had some guys that they thought were graduating, but they were not able to, so they did not have a scholarship open for me anymore. They said they are up against their numbers and I understand that."

Morris is also looking at taking a few more visits over the next couple of weekends.

"I am set to got to Buffalo this weekend (1/20). I think that they will be offering and that I should have it by next week."

"I am also going to be going to visit UConn the weekend after that. Syracuse has talked about bringing me in for a visit, so it is really up in the air at this point. These schools may or may not have offers for me. They have all told me that the definitely want to bring me in, but have extended some other offers."

An accomplished offensive player, (he holds the Newburgh Free rushing record), schools are also recruiting him for the defensive side of the ball.

"Schools are just wanting to get me in at either position. Connecticut talks to me a lot about both sides of the ball. The coaches will argue over where they see me."

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