5-Star Vol Commit Wanya Morris Stands Out at The Opening

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    Tennessee had several commits and top targets at Nike’s The Opening Finals the last few days, and a lot of them put up great performances at the annual recruiting camp. But none of them stood out quite like five-star offensive tackle Wanya Morris.

    Morris is currently the Vols’ top committed prospect in their 2019 class, and he came away as one of the top performers during the four-day event. Not only did he earn “Alpha Dog” status for his performance during Sunday’s drills, but according to Kipp Adams of 247Sports, he also drew the most praise from his peers at the event.

    “Talking to a select group of offensive linemen over the last two days, five-star Tennessee commitment Wanya Morris (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) drew the most praise among his peers,” Adams wrote. “One fellow blue-chip recruit said he had the best combination of athleticism and power of the group.”

    Morris was praised repeatedly at The Opening for his quick first step and his ability to block the speed of some of the premier edge rushers in the 2019 class. The 6-foot-6, 296-pound tackle out of Loganville, Georgia competed against the likes of No. 1 offensive tackle Darnell Wright, five-star Kardell Thomas, five-star Clay Webb, five-star Kenyon Green, five-star Pierce Quick, top-50 overall player Evan Neal, and four-star Doug Nester among others in his unit.

    Right now, Morris is rated as the No. 24 overall player and No. 5 offensive tackle in the 2019 class by the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s already a five-star, but he should still move up in the rankings after his performance at The Opening.

    Vol Target Performs Well

    The Vols had a few commits at The Opening, but they had even more targets in the 2019 class who were there. And one of them, four-star cornerback Jaydon Hill, impressed throughout the event and especially so on the last day.

    Hill hails from Alabama but has been considered a Vol lean for a little while. And Tennessee’s coaches have to like what they saw from him at The Opening. According to Adams, Hill “is smooth on the island, fluid in his transitions with good speed and ball skills.” The 6-foot, 175-pound corner intercepted Alabama quarterback commit Taulia Tagovailoa in a tight game late in the tournament play on the last day of the Opening, swinging momentum to his team.

    Hill has continued to push back his announcement date for his college decision, but the Vols are considered the slight favorites over South Carolina. Hill is the No. 280 overall player and No. 27 cornerback in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.