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Mississippi State offers Memphis OL Morris

Memphis (Tenn.) East junior offensive tackle Christian Morris is more than a little excited right now. In the span of 24 hours, he picked up his first two offers from Southeastern Conference programs.
"Those mean a lot," Morris told Rivals.com. "It's going to inspire me to work harder. I'm very excited. I'm working hard for it. I'm trying to make a better life for my family."
Mississippi State offered Thursday. Tennessee pulled the trigger the previous evening.
The 6-feet-6, 285-pound Morris also has an offer from Memphis, and is drawing interest from Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Louisville, Ohio State and Vanderbilt. According to Morris, both Mississippi State and the Vols will be in the hunt.
He plans to visit Starkville on March 31.
"I went down there once for a basketball game and really liked it," Morris said. "I liked the way the campus looked. I like the coaching staff over there, and from what I'm seeing I like the players and the atmosphere there."
Morris said he has developed a good relationship with Mississippi State assistant Angelo Mirando.
"I like the way he encourages me to do better and all that stuff," Morris said. "He wants me to be in the weightroom a lot. He's a very inspiring coach. I like [Mississippi State]. I like how they build good offensive linemen."
Morris also thinks highly of the Vols and offensive line coach Sam Pittman.
"He's a very good coach," Morris said. "I also love the campus of Tennessee."
Vanderbilt could be next to offer, according to Morris.
"The offensive line coach really loves my film," Morris said. "He loves my body features and everything, and how I keep up with myself. He says I have the potential to be one of the top linemen."
Besides Mississippi State, Morris will visit Ole Miss (Feb. 25), Alabama and Georgia in the coming weeks.
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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