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UCLA commit getting strong interest

1/7/2013

Christian Morris was a popular man in San Antonio following the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Coaches from Miami, UCLA, Washington, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas were there to visit with the offensive tackle from Memphis (Tenn.) East. He said he has interest in Miami, UCLA, Tennessee and Texas, but not much.

"It's small interest," said Morris, who has been committed to UCLA since July.

Tennessee has become a player for Morris under first-year coach Butch Jones. The Vols didn't show as much interest under former coach Derek Dooley, who was fired last month.

"Real strong," Morris said when asked how aggressive the Vols were recruiting him now.

When asked what he liked about Tennessee, Morris said, "They're going to be good this year and they're low on depth."

The Vols are in desperate need of offensive linemen. They have a veteran group that might not be enough. Morris said those factors wouldn't have a major effect on his commitment.

Texas has just begun to show interest in Morris. Clearly, the Longhorns have some work to do, but Morris is impressed.

"They're good and have great tradition," he said.

Morris has taken an official visit to Nebraska and shown strong interest in Oklahoma. However, he has long said he would like to play college football on the West Coast. Even though other schools continue the chase, UCLA seems tough to beat at this point.