April 28, 2010

In-state race for Miss. lineman

Aaron Morris was a busy man the when Ole Miss and Mississippi State played their spring games April 17.

The Jackson (Callaway), Miss., offensive lineman's two frontrunners vied for Morris' attendance, and Morris didn't disappoint either. He made time for both games and was able to take in the atmospheres and game tempos at both programs.

Of course, to be the best part of Morris' weekend, the Rebels and Bulldogs had a lot of ground to make up. The night before the games, Morris stayed in Memphis and dined at Texas de Brazil, a Brazilian steakhouse located at the Peabody Place.

The array of meats pleased Morris' palate and set the weekend in motion.

"We wanted to eat there, and it was a great chance to," Morris said. "The food was excellent. It was hard to have a bad weekend after that."

And he didn't. Morris enjoyed both experiences and became more familiar with the in-state schools. He first visited Oxford, Miss., and watched Ole Miss' Grove Bowl, before traveling to Starkville, Miss., for Super Bulldog Weekend. Morris made it to MSU's campus just before halftime.

"It was a busy day, but it was the way I wanted to do it," Morris said. "The times gave me a chance to see both games, and I really like both coaching staffs so I didn't have to pick or choose. Things were run well, and I don't know of any complaints at either place."

The 6-foor-5, 310-pound tackle - who could move inside to guard at the next level - watched the Rebels with interest, as he hasn't had a lot of opportunities to see them in live action - although he has been a frequent junior day guest.

"I wanted to see the atmosphere and what it was like," Morris said. "I got some idea, but I'll have to be back in the fall to really take it in. That's my big question. I just don't know what game days are really all about

"(Coach Mike Markuson) is a really nice guy, and we get along. He puts a lot of energy into what he does"

Morris visited Mississippi State for football games last season, so it was more checking on the team and seeing coaches.

"It's a close thing with the two groups of coaches," Morris said. "It's hard to pick one or the other. Both treat me great and are cool. It's always wild on game day at State. I know that, but it may be at Ole Miss too. That's what I'm just waiting to see."

Morris plans to camp this summer at Ole Miss, MSU and Southern Miss.

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