February 15, 2010
Morrow spends frenetic day visiting SEC rivals
Joseph Morrow's Saturday began around 3 a.m.
It didn't end until around midnight.
However, the 21-hour whirlwind through the icy roads of south Mississippi was worth it for the talented wide receiver from Ocean Springs. He spent the morning in Oxford visiting with Houston Nutt and Ole Miss and the afternoon in Starkville with Dan Mullen and Mississippi State.
"As of right now, they're both still balanced," Morrow said Sunday afternoon. "It's still really early to compare. They're pretty even."
Both the Rebels and Bulldogs have offered scholarships. Southern Mississippi, Morrow said, has indicated an offer is on the way, though Morrow said he hasn't received it yet. Other schools, such as Alabama, are showing serious interest. Morrow will be in Tuscaloosa next weekend to check out the Crimson Tide's junior day.
Saturday, however, provided Ole Miss and Mississippi State a chance to make strong impressions. Both, Morrow said, did just that.
Morrow arrived in Oxford before 10 Saturday morning and stayed until 12:30 p.m. or so.
"The staff at Ole Miss is really good," Morrow said. "They seem to really like me and we connected really good. The highlight was the indoor field, the weight room, the academic area and the locker room. Everything is connected in one facility, and that makes it easy for the players to get around. (Ole Miss wide receivers) Coach (Ron) Dickerson is real cool with me. I feel we have a really good connection."
The Rebels are looking to sign at least four wide receivers in the 2011 signing class. Morrow is part of a star-studded group of in-state prospects at that position, and the Rebels reiterated on Saturday that the 6-foot-5, 202-pounder is a top priority.
"They just talked about what kind of receivers they need," Morrow said. "They said I have a real good chance to play early. I asked Coach Nutt where I could stand on their depth chart and he gave me an answer I liked. He said the best players will play, and I feel like I'm good enough to go up there and play.
"I've talked to a lot of coaches from a lot of different players. They said I have the speed to play inside or out but they think I'm more of a possession receiver right now. But that's one of the things I'm working on, to get my speed up and be a balanced receiver."
Morrow, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, said he's looking to cut one-tenth of a second off his time before he gets to college. He got a chance to test his speed on the roads of north Mississippi Saturday afternoon. He made the 99-mile trek to Starkville, arriving early afternoon.
"It went real well," Morrow said of his time at Mississippi State. "I got to meet the coaches. They were real happy to see me. I talked to Coach Dan Mullen. He made some good points about me starting."
Morrow said he's in no hurry to make a decision, adding that he plans to reciprocate any interest shown in him, especially in the early going.
"I talked to my family about it," Morrow said. "I think I'll probably wait until close to signing day to make my decision."
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