Dean O-Line prospect has a handful interested

In the Northeast Football Conference, Dean College has ruled the roost for the past three seasons and they are off to a solid 3-2 start this year. Holding down the right side of the Bulldogs' offensive line is OT D.J. Morrell (6-6, 300). His prototypical size and athleticism has a handful of D-1 programs interested and recently, got the scoop on which schools like him the most...

Morrell was a non-qualifier after enjoying a solid prep career at Norwalk (Ct.) High School and Dean was the natural place for him to work on getting himself ready for the next level, both on the gridiron as well as academically.

"Everything about Dean was right for me," Morrell told "I liked the campus and the facilities and the staff here.

"I felt like they really treated you well and I liked the program they ran, so it was the right fit for me."

In high school, Morrell was a three-year starter on the right side and since he arrived at Dean, that's been the spot he's occupied as well.

"I've only ever played right tackle since I got to high school, so it's become pretty second-nature for me," Morrell said. "I can play left tackle and I feel like if a school wanted me to or my coaches here at Dean wanted to move me over there, I feel like I could adjust just fine, but right tackle is what I do well.

"I love pass-blocking, but you could say I'm probably better at run-blocking," Morrell said. "Most right tackles are run-blockers and my team depends on me to be that guy for them too."

On the recruiting front, Morrell noted he doesn't have any offers, but he said a few four-year schools have let him know they are just waiting to see his transcripts.

"I have some smaller schools like U-Mass and that looking at me," Morrell said. "Penn State likes me and is recruiting me a little and so does Southern Miss.

"I know there are a few MAC schools that like me too, but my coaches have been dealing with a lot of that right now. Until the schools start offering, I really don't need to get that involved with it.

"I just need to go out and play the best I can and I'll sorta let the 'chips fall as they may'."

Morrell is well on his way to finishing his AA in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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