Linebacker keeping options open

Antonio Morrison

Antonio Morrison has 20 offers on the table and Arizona is one of the most recent ones. So where does Arizona stand with one of the best linebackers in the country?

When Arizona offered Bolingbrook (Ill.) High School outside linebacker Antonio Morrison last Wednesday, it threw its name into the ring with some of the top programs in the country; as the senior-to-be has compiled quite an impressive list of interested schools.

"I have 19 or 20 offers," Morrison said. "My newest offer just came in Wednesday from Tennessee. I would say Minnesota, Illinois, Oregon, Vanderbilt are recruiting me the hardest, and Arizona also. It feels good to know I have some of the top programs wanting me to come to their school. I work hard, so it's not shocking, but it makes me feel good."

Although he admitted to having a group of favorites recently, the 6-foot-3, 220 pound prospect has tried to slow things down a bit in his recruitment.

"I don't have any favorites right now," Morrison said. "I had some favorites the other day, like Illinois, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, and Florida, but after thinking about it a bit I am really open to any school."

That's good news for the Wildcats who, with defensive coordinator Tim Kish, are attempting to make up ground with Morrison.

"Arizona just came into the mix the other day," Morrison said. "Their linebacker coach came up just to see me, so that meant a lot. He was telling me how bad they want me at their school. He was a good guy, and he's somebody I can see myself being coached by for three or four years."

Since he considers his recruitment wide open, Morrison has plans to take a firsthand look at schools all across the country.

"This summer I'm planning on visiting Florida, Oregon, Alabama, those for sure," Morrison said. "I'm not sure, maybe some other schools. There's a big chance I'll get out to Arizona, I just have to review stuff and set something up."

While on those visits, Morrison will be evaluating the programs primarily on the strength of their football program.

"I'm looking for program stability and if they're going to compete in the conference week in and week out," Morrison said. "I also want a great environment and somewhere I can get playing time."

With visits to great programs virtually in any part of the country, Morrison wants to take his time and let the process unfold for him a bit before making a decision.

"I just want to wait until I'm 100 percent sure that I'm making the right decision," Morrison said. "I'm just going to wait until I find the place I'm most comfortable with and I'll go from there."

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