June 21, 2010

Alabama enters race for top Miss. lineman

Aaron Morris has struggled in recent months picking a leader between in-state rivals Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Now, the decision is much more difficult with another heavyweight entering the race for Morris' signature.

The Callaway, Miss., offensive tackle, who is rated a four-star prospect and the top lineman in Mississippi by Rivals.com, camped at Alabama this past week and picked up an offer from the defending national champions.

The Crimson Tide watched Morris hold his own against a top crop of defensive talent and is a key factor in his recruitment.

"I've always liked Alabama, and it's been a neat experience to get that offer," Morris said. "I'd been over there before, and they wanted to see me again. I guess they liked what I was doing. They bragged on my footwork and ability to punch and hold my own off the ball."

Morris has offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Memphis. He had a standout performance at Ole Miss several weeks ago at the Rebels' Elite Camp and backed it up in Tuscaloosa. While most of his teammates were playing in a 7-on-7 tournament, Morris participated in the linemen camp.

"It was a lot like Ole Miss' camp, and the experience helped me out over there," Morris said. "I was comfortable with all the activities and understood it all."

Earlier in the year, Morris contemplated committing sometime this year, but now it's likely the decision won't occur until close to National Signing Day.

"I have three great SEC options right now, and I don't know what'll happen," Morris said. "Ole Miss and Mississippi State are both very impressive in ways, and Alabama is right there with them. I want to take some visits in the fall and officially. It's going to be a while before I know."

It's been a busy summer for Morris, but he could have another SEC trip before getting back to school in the fall. Auburn has been in contact with the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder, and a visit to the Plains is possible.

"(Auburn) really wants to see me in action in some drills, so my mom will probably take me there to do that," Morris said. "It'll let me see the place and check it out. It's so early, no reason not to do that."

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