The UCLA Bruins have been active this recruiting season, pulling top-notch players from all over the country, including three-star offensive lineman Christian Morris from Memphis, Tennessee. As signing day approaches, however, the recruiting battles heat up, and a closer-to-home program is making a push for Morris late as the Ole Miss Rebels try and defend its backyard and flip the UCLA commit.
Morris verbally committed to the Bruins back in July and seemed rock solid in his decision right up until this last weekend. That’s when the Rebels “came hard” according to Morris who was very impressed following his visit to Oxford. Morris had not seriously considered Ole Miss before his visit, saying that he “thought it was boring,” but came away feeling like he could be comfortable there and make an impact immediately with the Rebels.
Hurting UCLA in this race is the depth the Bruins enjoy along the offensive line. Four of the five starters in 2012 will be back in 2013 and Jim Mora is set to add six offensive linemen on signing day in addition to Morris. The competition to get on the field is going to be fierce and it’s going to take some time.
Ole Miss, on the other hand, have just two offensive linemen committed in their current recruiting class and they would love to add more (specifically Morris). According to the physical run-blocker, head coach Hugh Freeze and his staff told him that “all freshmen linemen coming in will have to play next year,” which is enticing to a young man not looking to waste away on the sidelines next fall.
The Bruins could fall victim to their own success and lose out on a long-distance recruit whose commitment they thought they had wrapped up. Ole Miss looks like it’s in position to swoop in on yet another recruit and continue a phenomenal recruiting season with signing day just around the corner.