Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss 4-star safety Jamal Morris‘ connection to the LSU football program and his newly developed relationship with safeties coach Bill Busch. Morris, a New Orleans native who resides near Houston, will be in Baton Rouge for junior day on March 3.
LSU visit looms large for Jamal Morris
KATY, Texas — Jamal Morris is getting ready for his first visit to Baton Rouge since taking in the Tigers’ rout of Texas A&M in November.
This visit carries more weight, though.
Morris, a top-250 prospect and No. 19-ranked safety in the 2019 class, is making a third unofficial visit as he prepares to make a decision in the next few months — ideally in late spring or early summer. LSU was pegged as the early favorite for Morris, largely because of the lack of defensive backs in the 2018 class and the fact that he originally hails from New Orleans.
That early momentum was slowed by some hiccups in communication with the coaching staff. That has been straightened out with the addition of safeties coach Bill Busch, which will lead to Morris’ return to The Boot for junior day on March 3.
“There was kind of a drought and I didn’t hear from LSU for about three weeks,” Morris told SEC Country at The Opening regional in Houston last weekend. “The new safeties coach [Busch] has been texting me, and it’s started to pick up.
“It was dry at first, but he’s a good guy and he’s trying to build a relationship quickly because he knows I’m going to commit soon.”
Several members of the Tigers staff also have been in touch with Morris. That includes coach Ed Orgeron and lead player personnel analyst Jeff Martin.
Morris’ attention shifted to LSU after the team signed only one defensive back in its 2018 haul, which has become an intriguing aspect for the 6-foot-2, 185-pound safety.
“Before the drought, it was tough. Everyone was hitting my line,” Morris recalled. “Coach O was hitting my line. Jeff Martin was hitting my line, and it was picking up. They said I could make an impact. They got hurt on Signing Day, so they said I could be an impact player early on. I know that they only signed Kelvin Joseph, so they’re probably scarce at the safety position, so that opens up the opportunity for me to play safety, especially because they’re moving [Joseph] to corner.”
In recent weeks, Morris has attended junior day functions at Oklahoma and Texas. For now, both seemingly have eclipsed LSU in the pecking order.
For the New Orleans native, though, LSU has wiggle room to return to the top, especially if Morris connects well with Busch during their first face-to-face meeting.
“When I went out there for the game [against Texas A&M], it was a fun game. I can’t wait to connect with the coaches again and have fun with the coaches,” Morris said. “That’s my hometown team, man, and they’re always in my heart no matter what. They’re definitely up there, and I’m looking forward to going home and connecting with the coaches.
“It’s going to be real important. How I connect with the new safeties coach — that’ll say everything. I’m going to be with him more than anybody else. He’s the coach, and I’m looking forward to that relationship with the safeties coach.”
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