July 12, 2009

Morris sets timetable for decision

Stephen Morris is losing patience.

The three-star quarterback from Miami Shores (Monsignor Pace), Fla., is still holding out hope for a scholarship offer from one of two Southeastern Conference programs that, truth be told, are likely his favorites.

However, if those offers don't come in the next couple of weeks, Morris is going to give his verbal commitment to one of the programs that have offered a scholarship and, for lack of a better term, reserve his spot in a signing class.

Morris, a 6-foot-2, 186-pounder who camped at Ole Miss and Florida in June, doesn't have an offer from either SEC program. He'll be in Gainesville again on July 24 for the Gators' annual Friday Night Lights camp, hopeful that Florida offers shortly thereafter or Ole Miss decides to pull the trigger and offer a scholarship to Morris. However, the Gators and Rebels are running out of time.

"I'm making a decision by the end of July for sure," Morris said Friday night. "I can't keep waiting for schools like Ole Miss and Florida. Purdue, Virginia and Northwestern all have committed quarterbacks, so I can't wait any longer.

"I'm not really open anymore. I'd like to go to Florida, Ole Miss, Purdue, Virginia or UCF. I'm just waiting on (Ole Miss and Florida). Once I find out, I'm going to make a decision."

Morris traveled to Virginia late last month and returned with an offer, giving the Cavaliers a strong chance to land his commitment, especially if Ole Miss and Florida don't pull the trigger.

"Virginia was good," Morris said. "They offered me the first day. I didn't have to throw a football the whole camp. I talked to the coaches, got a tour and did a lot of football talk and went over a lot of film."

Since returning from Charlottesville, Morris has traveled to Las Vegas for an Elite 11 quarterback camp where he "did pretty well. I threw the ball good and I had good footwork."

Mostly, however, Morris has been thinking and waiting.

"I emailed (Ole Miss recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks) Coach (Chris) Vaughn," Morris said. "I told Coach Vaughn to put in a good word for me, but I really have no idea what's happening. I know that's how the game of recruiting goes. I know it has to go through position coach and head coach. I wish it were easier, but I know that's how it is."

If an offer were to come from Ole Miss or Florida, the Rebels and/or Gators would be in great shape.

"I like both of them," Morris said. "They're SEC schools. They have great traditions. Ole Miss has an offense I'd love to run. (Ole Miss offensive coordinator) Coach (Kent) Austin has a great system and it works and he understands what you need to do to play it and get to the next level. And I love Florida. That would make it a tough decision."

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