Elite Offensive Tackle to Visit Tennessee

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    (Photo via Natalie Pierce)

    If there’s one area the Vols need to address in a big way during the 2019 recruiting cycle, it’s their offensive line. And they continue to make progress on arguably their top offensive line target in the class.

    Wanya Morris, a high four-star tackle from the renowned Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia, tweeted out on Tuesday that he plans to visit Tennessee this upcoming weekend during the Orange & White Game.

    For Morris, this marks the third time in 2018 that he’s visited the Vols. He made an unofficial visit to Tennessee in mid-January, and he attended a Junior Day event on March 3rd on campus as well.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Morris is the No. 42 overall player in the 2019 class and the No. 6 offensive tackle in the class as well. Those rankings also have him rated as the sixth-best player in the state of Georgia. He currently holds offers from Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, Texas A&M, and a multitude of other schools.

    The 6-foot-5, 300 pound lineman listed the Vols as one of top two teams back in early March, including them along with Auburn as his two finalists moving forward. Morris was once committed to Florida State, but he decommitted from them in late November of last year. Jeremy Pruitt sent out an offer to him not even a week after accepting the job as Tennessee’s head coach.

    Morris is a big wall of an offensive lineman who can actually move fairly well for his immense size. He doesn’t get pushed around by opposing defensive linemen, and he has a powerful upper body. His footwork will likely need some work, but the intangibles are there for Morris.

    Morris is just one of the many talented players who are currently at Grayson High School. According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Grayson has three players ranked inside the top-100 overall players in their 2019 rankings. Outside linebacker Owen Pappoe is the highest-rated at No. 7 overall. Morris is second, and he’s followed by defensive end Kevin Harris who comes in at No. 68 overall. Safety Kenyatta Watson is also one of their teammates, and he’s a four-star and rated as the No. 187 overall prospect in the 2019 class.

    Other four-stars in the 2019 class from Grayson include receiver Kenyon Jackson, offensive tackle Trente Jones, and athlete Ronald Thompkins.

    Aside from maybe cornerback, offensive line is probably the Vols’ biggest need in their 2019 class. Morris would be a huge get in this class if the Vols can land him, and him visiting for a third time in four months is great news for Tennessee.

    Morris and three of his teammates will all be announcing their college decisions live on television on May 1st according to an interview they did with Rusty Mansell of 247Sports.

    “It is going to be really hard, it is one of the hardest decisions ever,” Morris said in the interview. “I am going to Tennessee this weekend and Auburn the next weekend, both are officials. Yes, going into these visits, one school is ahead.”

    Vol fans certainly hope it’s Tennessee that’s ahead in his recruitment, and they’ll find out soon enough.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.