Junior to Watch: Derrick Morse
School: Fort Myers-Estero.
Position: Offensive Guard.
Size, Speed, and Grades: Morse is 6-foot-4 and a half and 305 pounds. He ran the forty-yard dash in 5.18 seconds before spring break at his high school. Morse has a 3.4 grade point average and plans on taking the SAT or ACT in June.
Honors: Morse was named to the Fort Myers News-Press All Area, All-District, and All-Conference first teams, and the Class 4A All-State and Sunshine Network All-Gridiron third teams.
Statistics: Morse had 74 pancake blocks as a junior.
Favorites: Morse named Florida, Miami, North Carolina, and Wisconsin as his favorite schools.
Skinny: UF signee Randy Hand received a lot of publicity last season playing on the Estero offensive line and teammate Derrick Morse looks to follow in his footsteps as one of the state's top O-Linemen. Morse is already getting mail from over 70 different schools. He has no scholarship offers yet, but that could change in May.
"I'm getting a lot of handwritten letters from coaches saying they're going to come down this spring and see me and that they have liked the tape they watched," Morse said.
Morse would prefer to stay in the Sunshine State and says his top team right now would have to be the Florida Gators.
"I kind of want to stay in-state," Morse said. "Growing up Florida was my favorite and my sister went there. They have a good academic program which is also very important. A good football team, definitely. I'm trying to stay close to home as much as possible."
Morse plays offensive tackle for Estero but would likely end up as a guard at the next level. He said he thinks the best aspect of his game is his zone blocking ability.
"I'd say our zone blocking," Morse said. "Blocking and getting down the field. We did a lot of running. We had a good running back so we did that a lot."
Morse may go to a camp or two this summer. He plans on attending the Down & Dirty Linemen Camp in Lakeland and is also considering going to the Wisconsin camp.