Florida State recruiting: OL commit Wanya Morris excited to visit this weekend
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Wanya Morris returns to Tallahassee fresh off visits to 2 SEC programs
The last time 2019 4-star offensive tackle Wanya Morris stepped inside Doak Campbell Stadium, it was for Florida State’s spring game in April.
It was on that date he decided to commit to the Seminoles.
The 6-foot-5 1/2, 280-pound Loganville (Ga.) Grayson standout — who rates as the nation’s No. 5 offensive tackle and the No. 53 player overall in the 2019 cycle — will return this weekend for the first time during a game as the Seminoles host rival Miami.
— Wanya Morris (@wanyamorris64) April 9, 2017
“I’ve been to the spring game, but that’s the only one,” Morris told Florida State DieHards. “I’m looking forward to the atmosphere just to see what it’s like and see how the players prep for game day.”
Despite his commitment to the Seminoles, Morris has taken visits to Georgia and Alabama.
Both teams are active in pursuit of him. However, Morris was diplomatic in terms of where he’s at in this stage of his recruitment.
“My heart is still with FSU, but I’m still keeping an open mind,” Morris said.
Morris holds nearly 20 offers, and he said part of what initially helped him choose Florida State was his comfort level with what the Seminoles do on offense and the strength of his relationship with coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff.
I just like Florida State was where my heart was at. They run a spread offense and I feel like I fit in well with what they do on offense,” Morris explained. “[The coaches] act like they are my father. They are always checking in on me. They always talk with me about stuff other than football.”
Despite Florida State’s slow start this season, Morris said the staff — led by offensive line coach Rick Trickett, running backs coach Jay Graham and offensive quality control assistant Tino Sunseri — lets him know how much of a priority he is for the Seminoles’ 2019 class.
“They keep telling me that I’m a big need for the offense,” Morris said. “It’s obviously going to be different by the time I get there. I’m just going to continue to work and do what I have to do.”
Morris carries a 3.2 GPA and plans to major in computer engineering when he gets to college. He admits he’s thought about what he would like to do with that degree.
“I’m really thinking about making my own business with a computer engineering degree, but you have to start slow,” Morris said. “So maybe one day, I could get an internship with Google or something like that.”
Morris has teammates in 4-star safety Kenyatta Watson II and 3-star defensive tackle Tru Thompson also pledged to the Seminoles. Additionally, Florida State is recruiting other Grayson standouts such as 5-star linebacker Owen Pappoe, 4-star receiver Kenyon Jackson and 4-star athlete Ronald Thompkins — who recently de-committed from an early pledge to the Seminoles.
For his part, Morris said the best part about having a pair of his teammates committed to the same program is the thrill of sharing the journey with them.
“It’s just fun because we’ve always dreamed about playing together since we were younger. It’s just fun to see where it goes.”
Nation’s top WR locks in Florida State official visit
This weekend’s matchup versus Miami is setting up to be a major visit weekend, but Florida State may have another similar turnout in two weeks when it hosts Louisville.
One important target who has confirmed plans to take an official visit for that weekend is 5-star Bossier City (La.) Parkway wide receiver Terrace Marshall, according to Brian Perroni of 247Sports (via Chris Nee of Noles247).
The nation’s top receiver and the No. 8 player overall recently put out a top 5 that included Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Texas and Texas A&M.
Top 5 Schools
Alabama, Texas A&M, Texas Longhorns, LSU & Florida State.
Please respect my decision. #M2B
— Terrace Marshall Jr. (@Terracemjr) August 28, 2017
Marshall will make his way to Tallahassee with teammate and 3-star Seminoles safety pledge Israel Mukuamu — who confirmed to Florida State DieHards he will also make the trip.
Marshall is scheduled to be an early enrollee, and his visit to Florida State is the first official visit he will use of his allotted five. He’s scheduled to visit Texas A&M officially on Oct. 27.
Over the last two seasons, Marshall racked up 2,593 yards receiving and 29 touchdowns. His senior season was cut short due to a leg injury.
Florida State has three receivers committed, but the position is one of the Seminoles’ biggest needs in the 2018 cycle.
Adding one of the most prolific playmakers in the 2018 cycle would be a miraculous coup, but the Seminoles are a long way from becoming a major threat in Marshall’s recruitment.
Getting him on campus is the start of what coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff hope is a final push that keeps the Seminoles in the mix until Marshall makes his decision.
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