Jai Morris gets it done for Saddleback

One of the most dynamic JUCO running backs in the country this year is Saddleback RB Jai Morris (6-0, 180). Because of a big freshman season in 2008 and with his explosive speed and quickness, he recently was named a JC Gridwire First Team Preseason All-American. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented runner recently and he updated us on things...

Morris prepped at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Ca. and he was getting some interest from some D-1 schools, but he was unable to get a qualifying SAT score.

"It was pretty frustrating," Morris told JCFootball.com. "I wanted to keep playing though and my coach from high school knew one of the coaches up here so I decided to come here and I think it was a good decision."

Last year, as a freshman, Morris put up impressive stats, posting 989 yards and nine touchdowns while hauling in over 20 receptions for 200 more yards as a receiver out of the backfield. Because of his outstanding production and overall skills he received First Team Preseason All-American honors, but that didn't stop him from working hard this summer.

"I use my speed well and I have good hands out of the backfield," Morris said. "One thing I worked real hard on this summer was my speed and my explosiveness.

I was running in the mid-4.4's during the spring, but I did speed training all summer and I ran a 4.35 right before the start of camp so it really paid off for me."

Morris is still waiting on that ever-elusive first offer, but he's receiving interest from schools like Tennessee, Texas A&M, Kansas State and UCLA.

"All of those schools have said they like what I can do, but none of them have offered yet," Morris said. "I think schools will come around to looking harder at me as the season goes along."
Morris will graduate with his AA in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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