April 21, 2011

Tight end visits Purdue

New Jersey football recruit Ryan Morris is using his spring break to get as familiar as possible with some of the schools recruiting him.

Morris, a 6-foot-6, 237-pound tight end, currently holds seven scholarship offers, including one from the Boilermakers.

On Monday the Barnegat, N.J. native visited Purdue and was impressed to say the least.

"It's my spring break right now and we're doing a little tour of the Midwest," Morris said.

"Purdue was great. It was a great day. I got to go around the campus and see everything. I've never been in Indiana before so it was great."

Although he's new to Indiana, Morris says he's educated about Big Ten football thanks to television.

"What I know about the Big Ten is from just watching the games on TV so it's good that I'm coming out here and getting to see the campus and everything and getting a feel for how it is out here," he said.

Morris visited Indiana on Tuesday and will visit Louisville today and Cincinnati on Thursday.

"It's been a good crazy and hectic and a lot to take in, but it's been great so far," said Morris, who also holds scholarship offers from IU, Louisville and Syracuse among others. He's also visited Rutgers, Maryland and Connecticut.

Morris isn't holding out for a certain school to extend an offer, simply saying he's happy with the offers he has.

Morris doesn't expect to verbally commit until September or October. In the meantime, he's just trying to get as much information as possible about the schools that have offered and is weighing them against one another.

"I'm just evaluating what I have right now," said Morris, who plans on using all five of his official visits. "I want to visit as much as possible and see which ones I like the best and go from there."

Morris describes himself as a fan of college football and not of any one conference or a particular school.

"I would be happy to go anywhere, any conference," he said.

Morris plays both ways for Barnegat High School, also lining up as a defensive end, but tight end is where his heart is.

"I prefer tight end a lot more than I would defensive end," Morris said. "Either way I get after it on both sides of the ball."

Morris' size makes him a very imposing figure at the high school level. Not surprisingly he's featured plenty in his team's pass happy offense.

"We pass the ball a lot," Morris explained. "I'm really good at getting separation off the line of scrimmage and that's how I get most of my catches because I'm able to get open.

"I'm pretty physical on the line of scrimmage. I'm not going to be a slouch of a blocker."

Come decision time Morris will use a pretty basic gauge as to why he picks a certain school over the others.

"I definitely try to see if I could picture myself playing there and see myself on their field," he said.

Morris admitted Purdue certainly passed his litmus test.

"It was a great visit to Purdue and I felt comfortable there," he said.

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