Christian Morris talks recruiting

Vanderbilt has offered two players out of Memphis East High School in the Class of 2013 and possibly on the verge of offering a third in Christian Morris. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle currently has four offers, but he says he's been hearing a lot from Vanderbilt and plans to visit the campus in March. Read what all he has to say of the Commodore program.

"I've been talking with Coach Hand," said Christian Morris. "He wants me to send in my transcripts before they offer me. I'm working on getting that out to them and will be visiting on March 24th. I really like the atmosphere on the campus and how well the coaches treat me."

Morris blew open big holes last season for incoming Vanderbilt student-athlete, Brian Kimbrow, for the East Mustangs. His blocking helped the offense go for more than 35 points on six different occasions in the 2011 season.

"I'm not really being recruited at left or right tackle, just offensive tackle," Morris said. "At East, I'm at left tackle. This season I improved on technique and on my overall body strength. We don't keep track of pancakes, but I know I had a lot of them. I think I do a good job at both, but I feel like I'm stronger at pass protection. I'd like to play in an offense that does a lot of passing."

If Vanderbilt chooses to offer Morris they'll do so facing stiff competition. In addition to his four offers and heavy attention from Vanderbilt, Morris is also hearing from two of college football's elite programs.

"Clemson just offered me two days ago," Morris stated. "I've also received offers from Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Memphis. I've heard from the coaches at Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Ole Miss. So far, the only Junior Day I've been to was at Memphis.

"I was hoping to commit at the beginning of the season. If I'm not ready to do so I'll just wait until the end of the season. Mainly what I'm looking for is a good atmosphere. I want to play for a coaching staff that shows me a lot of love, but is also inspiring and able to motivate."

Morris plays power forward in the off-season averaging between six and seven rebounds per game coming off the Mustang bench. He plays to stay in shape for the approaching camps and combines and for his senior season at East.

"I'll be going to a VTO camp and then to a Nike Combine in June that's going to be held here in Memphis," said Morris. "The goal for my senior year is to add to my highlights, but mainly it's to win state."

Vanderbilt has offered Morris' teammates, Herbert Moore, a defensive lineman, and Marcus Robinson, a linebacker. Morris is the youngest of three children. Morris hopes to study computer technology or business marketing when he gets to college. Top Stories