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Wanya Morris receives fifth star on 247Sports composite
It seemed as if it was only a matter of time before Tennessee commit Wanya Morris made the leap from a 4-star to 5-star rating on the 247Sports composite. The jump finally came on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-5, 293-pound Morris ranks as the No. 21 prospect in the country and the fifth-best tackle in the Class of 2019.
Morris’ strength, coupled with elite athleticism, has helped him rise up the recruiting rankings. He’s been impressive on the recruiting camp circuit, and he’ll likely try to camp at Tennessee this summer. If he chooses to camp anywhere else, the buzz will probably grow about what he can do on the football field.
Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt has said his staff won’t worry about recruiting stars or rankings. They just want the best players who fit their system. That’s true now, how the Vols approach recruiting, but the fans still will get excited whenever a 5-star comes into the fold.
Morris clearly will be the centerpiece of the class for the Vols at a position of need. The Vols are trying to remake the offensive line on the fly into a bigger, more physical unit. Offensive coordinator Tyson Helton wants to have a power running game, and that starts with a stout offensive line.
Pairing Morris with 4-star guard Jackson Lampley helps move Tennessee toward that goal because the Vols are so thin across the line. The duo can’t get to Rocky Top soon enough.
Morris’ commitment — and his bump to a 5-star rating — could also spark some momentum on the recruiting trail.
Commit LeDarrius Cox receives a big offer
Here’s a friendly reminder — though there shouldn’t really need to be — that a commitment this early does not guarantee a prospect is locked in until National Signing Day. Tennessee’s coaching staff will have to continue fighting for Morris’ pledge until his name is signed on the dotted line, and the same goes for defensive tackle LeDarrius Cox.
Cox is still being recruited by Power 5 schools across the country. Oregon was the latest to extend an offer.
Extremely blessed to receive an offer from the University of Oregon. pic.twitter.com/wTPNKBu7oT
— LeDarrius Cox (@darrius_55) May 9, 2018
To be fair, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Cox has given no indication he’s wavering in his commitment to Tennessee. He committed on Twitter on April 4, but it’s likely he will continue to draw more attention on the recruiting trail because of his elite size.
Tennessee really values his size on the defensive line. He should fill the nose tackle role in Tennessee’s 3-4 scheme quite well down the line.
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