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July 24, 2013
Morrison honored by opportunity
Tuesday afternoon, 2014 Maryville (Mo.) offensive lineman Jackson Morrison found himself as the focus of nearly the entire Mizzou coaching staff. Morrison was in Columbia with a small group of prospects working out in what was a fairly unique setting.
"There was actually only like four players there and the whole staff was watching us, so it was cool. Every positional coach was there. Even the defensive guys and there wasn't any defensive recruits there. It was pretty cool," said the 6-foot-3, 291 pound prospect. "I don't really know how to explain it. It felt kind of honorable I guess. Like they were showing respect or something."
Regarding his performance, Morrison came away satisfied with what he was able to do with his opportunity to impress the Mizzou coaches.
"I thought it went real good. Just a few offensive lineman drills. Mostly footwork stuff and then we did some agility drills. They mostly were just seeing how well I moved," he said. "I ran a forty, but it probably wasn't the best forty that I've ever ran because I pulled a hamstring earlier this summer. We also did verticals, but other than that it was just footwork stuff."
Despite coming away feeling good about his performance Morrison must now wait and see if the Mizzou coaches felt the same way about his showing.
"Coach [Andy] Hill said that they were going to have some meetings to talk everything over and then they would get back with me," said Morrison.
If the Mizzou coaches do come back with an offer there is a good chance a commitment could happen very quickly as Morrison admitted that it would be very hard to turn down the home state school.
One factor that should play a role in how the Tigers proceed with Morrison is the fact that he is on schedule to graduate a semester early. With Morrison in a position to enroll in December he would count against the 2013 class instead of 2014.
Morrison already holds offers from a few FCS schools, but lately he said he has mostly been hearing from Missouri, Tulsa, Nebraska and Kansas State. Having already visited Tulsa and Nebraska Morrison now plans to camp with Kansas State.
With all the camps and visits that have happened this summer Morrison believes he is very close to reaching his goal of receiving a FBS offer.
"I feel like I'm right there on the offers that I want. I feel like I'm getting close," he said.
While Morrison waits he continues to work and give back to his community.
"We're just doing workouts right now," said Morrison. "Coach Webb has all the older guys helping out with the middle school camps and the Pee-Wee football camps."