May 13, 2009

Miami quarterback hopes to impress Ole Miss

After landing Nathan Stanley in February 2008 and Raymond Cotton earlier this year, Ole Miss can afford to be a bit choosy when it comes to recruiting quarterbacks.

The Rebels figure to possibly take one quarterback in February 2010, but only if he's the right guy and he's a prospect Ole Miss' offensive coaching staff simply can't turn down.

There appears to be a small handful of prospects who Ole Miss wants to evaluate further, and Stephen Morris is in that group.

Morris, a 6-foot-2, 186-pound dual-threat quarterback from Miami Shores (Monsignor Pace), Fla., has been in steady contact with Ole Miss cornerbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn in recent weeks, and the Rebels appear to be intrigued by Morris' talents.

"They're telling me to stay in contact, to have a good spring and that they'll be talking to me," Morris said. "They said they want me to come up for a camp so they can look at me more."

Morris has offers from Purdue, Central Michigan, Bowling Green and Florida International. He'll take an unofficial visit to FIU today, but Morris appears to have his heart set on playing in a BCS-affiliated league.

"I don't have a favorite school right now, but out of the ones that have offered me, it would have to be Purdue," Morris said.

Morris, who will also camp at Miami this summer, said he'll make the trip north and west to Oxford to check out Ole Miss and give the Rebels' coaches an opportunity to evaluate him further.

"It's a little ways from Miami, but I'm going up there with a couple of other players (offensive lineman Zachary Soto and linebacker Isaac Dixon)," Morris said. "I watched Ole Miss when they beat Florida. I like Florida, so it was a big surprise. I've followed them since then and I saw their big bowl win (over Texas Tech in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic). I know a little bit about them but not a lot."

Morris, who threw for 2,005 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior, said his strengths under center are his strong arm and his ability to read defenses quickly and make adjustments at the line of scrimmage and in the pocket. He said he wants to work on his footwork this summer as well as iron out a couple of mechanical issues such as weight transfer and taking shorter strides.

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