Antonio Morrison Visits Illini Summer Camp

Antonio Morrison (Jack Lyman)

The Fighting Illini football team has begun its summer camp season. Camps in Edwardsville and Frankfort attracted large numbers of prospects trying to earn scholarships. In addition, a few with offers already are stopping by to talk with UI coaches and watch them work. Highly recruited linebacker Antonio Morrison was among those in attendance Sunday.

Antonio Morrison has become a popular fellow among college football coaches. Now boasting more than 20 scholarship offers, Morrison has some great options from which to choose. He appreciates the attention.

"It feels pretty good. I work hard, so I can't say I don't deserve it. It feels pretty good to get all these offers."

The Bolingbrook product was especially pleased to see national powers from all over the country putting verbal offers on the table.

"I've got offers from a lot of SEC schools including Alabama, Florida and Tennessee, and Oregon has offered. It feels pretty good to have offers from some schools like that."

Morrison has been able to visit a few of his suitors this spring.

"I've been to a few Big 10 schools, a few local schools like Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan and Northern Illinois."

He also hopes to check out more distant locales if he has time this summer.

"I'm gonna try to get out and see a few schools this summer. Nothing specific yet. I'm not planning on attending any camps."

Part of his time will be devoted to working out with his high school team.

"My high school began summer practice Thursday. This year, we have a new offense, and we have a lot of new guys, but we should be pretty good this year."

Morrison is always looking to improve, so much of the summer will be devoted to personal workouts.

"I'm improving every year, but every year there's more room for improvement. I'm about 6'-3", 210."

He considers himself a versatile linebacker, and colleges are not in total agreement on his best position.

"I play outside linebacker in high school, but some schools are recruiting me as an inside linebacker and some are recruiting me as an outside linebacker."

With all the schools seeking his services, is he still considering Illinois?

"Of course. It's the home university, so of course I have an interest in them."

There is no doubt the UI has strong interest in Morrison, but they will need to be patient as he wades through all his offers and narrows his focus.

"I've got no idea when I will make a decision. When I know the place is for me, when I feel comfortable, that's when I'll decide."

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