Memphis East garners more interest


Memphis (Tenn.) East is quickly becoming the center of several recruiting battles.

The latest involves two West Coast teams recruiting a potential left tackle for the future.

Southern California was a short-lived leader for Christian Morris. The three-star prospect said earlier this month that the Trojans led for his services after offering him a scholarship, which vaulted them over his former leader, Tennessee. Morris, who has said he'd like to play football on the West Coast, now calls UCLA his leader after a recent flurry of offers from the Bruins, Wake Forest, North Carolina and Arizona State.

So what happened to USC?

“I honestly think I waited too long,” said Morris, who added that USC coaches also requested more video to evaluate him.

Morris' teammate, Bobby Billingsley, took his turn as the center of attention.

“Auburn is the latest schools showing big-time interest,” the center prospect from Memphis (Tenn.) East told ESPN via text message on Tuesday.

That hasn't always been the case during the spring evlauation period. More often, recruiters are more interested in defensive tackle Herbert Moore, offensive tackle Christian Morris and linebacker/safety Marcus Robinson.

“Usually schools come by to see our three top prospects but they specifically said they came by just for me,” Billingsley said.

Billingsley said Auburn's coaches told him that he is one of the top centers on the Tigers' board. However, the coaches didn't offer a scholarship just yet. Billingsley was told that could come after the spring evaluation period.

Another prospect from Memphis (Tenn.) East, defensive tackle Herbert Moore, said he thinks UCLA may be close to offering him a scholarship. He said he is also receiving strong interest from Wake Forest and Oregon.