May 27, 2012

Morris eager to see Wake

Wake Forest offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Steed Lobotzke made the trek to Memphis (Tenn.) East to check out offensive tackle Christian Morris.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound prospect, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, said he loves Lobotzke for coming to Memphis.

"We [he and Lobotzke] talk about once a week," Morris said. "He gives me a breakdown of the school. He tells me if you're going to make it to the next level you still have to concentrate on your academics."

"He told me they're taking some tackles this year, that it [Wake] would be a good fit for me. Plus I need to get a point higher on my ACT. He said it would be a good fit for me academically and athletically. I'm looking forward to going [to Wake] this July or June [for football camp]. [I'm] trying to find the right date."

Morris also plans to camp at Alabama, Clemson, LSU, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

He claims scholarship offers from Arkansas State, Clemson, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Purdue, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

Morris thinks highly of UCLA, Nebraska, Tennessee and Mississippi State, but said every school recruiting him has an equal chance and the size of a school does not matter to him.

The Volunteer State product wants to finish his senior season and take his official visits before he chooses a school. He plans to officially visit UCLA and Nebraska, but is undecided for where he wants to go on the other three trips. However, he said Ohio State and Oklahoma are in the running.

"[I want] a position coach that is willing to take some time out after practice to tell me what I did wrong, [and] work on those techniques," Morris said. "If my position coach was to leave I would want my school to provide another position coach that will be either better or the same."

Alabama, Ohio State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Southern California, Tennessee, Texas Tech, UCLA, Wake Forest and other schools have traveled down to Memphis to scout Morris. He has visited Alabama, Memphis, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

Morris said his strengths as an offensive lineman are his pass-blocking and that he plays with a chip on his shoulder, but needs to get stronger and improve his run-blocking.

"They [college coaches] like the fact that I'm not a quitter," Morris said. "When I'm very, very tired I'm still going to give it my all. They like the way I practice and play. They love how athletic I am and my ability to want to get everybody on the team better."

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