According to a report from BruinSportsReport.com, UCLA freshman Christian Morris has decided to transfer.
Morris, a 4-star offensive tackle recruit coming out of high school, was sought after by many top programs around the country. At 6'6", 293 pounds, he has a frame that could allow him to flourish in the sport.
You might typically expect a player's role with his current team to be the biggest reason for this kind of decision but Morris, from Memphis, Tenn., had personal reasons that played a factor.
His ailing grandmother is back home, and the Rivals.com site reported that this had been weighing on Morris' mind for quite some time, writing that "the feeling of being so far away from her and so unhappy wore on him."
The likely destination now is Ole Miss, where Morris will be much closer to home. He told the site, "I've been talking to the compliance of Ole Miss; that's probably where I'm going to go."
The young tackle leaves behind a UCLA program that should be okay in his absence. The Bruins signed six additional offensive linemen in their 2013 class, five of whom were given 4-star ratings.
Still, seeing young talent leave the program is never easy. Fortunately, any bad blood that could result from a situation such as this appears to be non-existent.
"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 will also reportedly seek out a hardship waiver from the NCAA which would allow him to contribute immediately for the Rebels, who already boast one of the nation's top young tackle prospects in Laremy Tunsil, a 5-star recruit from the 2013 class.
Hat tip to Collegefootballtalk.com for the find.
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