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Four-star freshman OT leaving UCLA; headed to Ole Miss?

Christian Morris

Christian Morris came to UCLA this summer with a hefty recruiting résumé.  A handful of months later, Morris has left the football building.

According to multiple media outlets, the offensive tackle has decided to leave the Bruins and transfer out of the program.  The Memphis, Tenn., product told BruinNation.com that an ailing grandmother back East played a significant role in the decision, with the Rivals.com website writing that “the feeling of being so far away from her and so unhappy wore on him.”

Morris even has a destination in mind already, stating that he’s spoken to the compliance department at Ole Miss and “that’s probably where I’m going to go.”  Morris is hoping to be granted a hardship waiver from the NCAA that would allow him to play immediately.

Ole Miss, along with Tennessee, were thought to be the favorites for the lineman’s services before he signed with the Bruins.

While Morris is leaving, he has nothing but positives to say about the Bruins as he heads out the door.

“I respect everything, everything that UCLA does, man,” Morris said. “The coaching staff, man, they care about you as a person and not just a player … Coach (Jim) Mora really cared about me as a person. The players there, I respect just everything about UCLA. UCLA, man, it’s just a great place and they’re on the rise of doing something great.”

Morris was a four-star member of UCLA’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 10 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Tennessee.

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7 Responses to “Four-star freshman OT leaving UCLA; headed to Ole Miss?”
  1. afrancis55 says: Sep 24, 2013 7:46 AM

    Money talks, everyone knows Ole miss bought their top 5 recruting class. Why else would all those high profile recruits want to play in the middle of nowhere in hick ass mississippi?

  2. thegamecocker says: Sep 24, 2013 8:03 AM

    @francis55

    Obviously you either have never lived in the South before or you are just ignorant. I spent four years in the Southern part of the US. I’ve NEVER met friendlier, more hospitable people ever before. The pace is slower and the genuine feeling of the word “WELCOME” abounds. The transfer of this young man to be closer to his Grandmother is common. You obviously have enmity for Ole Miss which is a beautiful university with great game-day atmosphere and beauty. The Grove is iconic and the women are absolutely gorgeous. Give young Morris a break and head South to actually meet the people. You will not be disappointed……

  3. patschuster7106 says: Sep 24, 2013 8:16 AM

    Reblogged this on Schu Report.

  4. irishkwh says: Sep 24, 2013 10:27 AM

    He should be able to play for Ole Miss right away like Eddie Vanderdont did for UCLA, right??

    Ailing Grandma sounds similar!

  5. waynefontes says: Sep 24, 2013 11:29 AM

    irishkwh says:
    Sep 24, 2013 10:27 AM
    He should be able to play for Ole Miss right away like Eddie Vanderdont did for UCLA, right??

    Ailing Grandma sounds similar!

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    Don’t care for the Irish at all, but you are 100% correct on this. Eddie set a very bad precedent.

  6. lew24 says: Sep 24, 2013 3:36 PM

    Bitter Irish fans! lol

  7. aglawman says: Sep 24, 2013 7:14 PM

    Ole Miss saved $600K when Ricky Seals-Jones left the cash on the table.

    I’d expect the Rebel moneybags to be emptied quickly on quality transfers and the 2014 class.

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