It appears as if the Texas Longhorns 2020 recruiting efforts will have an extra emphasis along the offensive line. Tom Herman and company have already made it a priority early on and that’s evident in the form of Texas holding a verbal commitment from Helotes O’Connor offensive guard Logan Parr.
The state of Texas is stacked with notable 2020 offensive linemen, but there are a few out-of-state prospects on the front line that the Horns are targeting.
Memphis (Tenn.) Freedom Prep Academy offensive tackle Chris Morris happens to be one of those recruits. As one of the top coveted offensive linemen in the nation, Morris has earned a total of 33 offers, but Wednesday morning Morris decided to take the next step in his recruitment when he released his top 12 schools that he’ll be concentrating on.
Texas was, of course, among the team’s still standing.
When asked how the recruiting process is treating him, Morris told BON, “It’s going great. It’s actually fun. I get to experience different schools, and having as many offers as I have it’s pretty fun to see different places.”
The Longhorns offered Morris last spring and have given him something to think about seeing that they made his top list. When Morris made a trip down to College Station to visit Texas A&M in late November, he found some spare time out of his busy schedule to also travel to Austin for an unofficial visit. Morris liked his brief duration on the Forty Acres, but he hopes he’s able to receive a more in-depth stay in the future.
“It was fun,” Morris said. “It was more like a chill day, so we didn’t really get to do much. We took some pictures — I like Texas’ pictures out of all schools. I can’t lie about that.”
Morris is indeed fond of the flashy flicks Texas sets up for visiting recruits. If you take a look at the top of Morris’ twitter page, you’ll see him posted in a burnt orange uniform in his header.
With that being said, those pictures won’t win over a blue-chip baller like Morris at the end of the day. So how hard is offensive line coach Herb Hand and the rest of the staff recruiting Morris?
“How hard are they recruiting me? I’d give them top two,” Morris said. “Because there is one school that really wants me and they’re recruiting me like crazy and they really want me. Texas though, they’re recruiting me hard, too.”
The Longhorns seem to hold a great spot in Morris’ recruitment as of right now, but have some catching up to do. That said, with where things stand for Morris at the moment, you can count on the four-star prospect utilizing one of his official visits on a trip to Austin sometime in the fall.
“Position-wise, Texas is like five,” Morris said. “But I’m going to take an official there for sure. I’m probably going to take it around the season.”
With an out-of-state recruit like Morris, it’s all about maintaining that long distance relationship, finding ways to get him on campus, and making the most out of his time while you have him there. What the city of Austin has to offer and some of the aspects outside of football at UT are some of the things Morris is definitely interested in.
At 6’4, 287 pounds, Morris is ranked as the nation’s No. 119 prospect, the No. 18 offensive tackle, and as the No. 7 player in the state of Tennessee, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.