At 6-3 and 220 pounds, 2012 LB Antonio Morrison says his value on the field is in his speed and…
Wildcats doing well with elite linebacker
The biggest area of concern for the Arizona football program after this season could very well be the linebacker position. An area depleted by injuries and players leaving the team (for one reason or another), UA will need help at the position following the departure of Derek Earls and Paul Vassallo. One player the coaching staff is targeting is 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect Antonio Morrison out of Bolingbrook (Ill). The linebacker has been in communication with defensive coordinator Tim Kish and could see himself playing for the UA assistant. "We see the same way," Morrison said. "I can definitely see him coaching me in college." Illinois has been an area that has been quite kind to Arizona in terms of recruiting. Several current Wildcats are from the state and the staff continues to pursue some of the top prospects from that area. But will having an Illinois presence on the roster help UA's case in Morrison's recruitment? "Coach Kish told me that they have a lot of guys from Chicago are at Arizona," Morrison said. "That shows they like recruiting the area but that doesn't really play a factor in my decision." Morrison may not be overly attracted to the amount of Illinois natives that are Arizona students and athletes. Instead, there are other factors that are appealing to the linebacker. "Somewhere I can play early with a great environment," Morrison said. "Somewhere I can live with a great program." Several programs are vying for Morrison's services and he has plenty of options to choose from, but for now, he doesn't appear to have any school ahead of another. "I don't have a top," Morrison said. "I am open to everybody and just talking to everybody." Distance from home can be a major factor for many recruits, but Morrison isn't worried about geographic location. He would rather go somewhere he feels he belongs. "I'll play in any conference," Morrison said. "The distance doesn't matter at all. Wherever I feel comfortable, that's where I am going to be." There is plenty of time between now and signing day. Morrison still has a full season of high school left on his slate and isn't exactly sure when he will decide on where he will attend college. "Whenever I feel it's right," Morrison said. "I am going to make a few visits this summer and it could be before the season, after the season, or during the season."
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