During his first visit to the Plains, Chris Morris did not get an opportunity to spend a great deal of time with members of the Auburn program.
Through Big Cat Weekend, the four-star offensive lineman from Memphis, Tenn., was able to get that opportunity to soak in the environment at Auburn.
One of the primary takeaways for the Class of 2020 recruit was the familiar feel of being “at home.”
“I was here (Friday), and everyone treated me like family,” Morris said. “If there was a problem they (were) going to answer it. Once you get that family feeling and all that, you feel like you’re at home.”
A versatile lineman capable of playing at guard or tackle, Morris is ranked as the No. 3 guard in the country by 247Sports composite rankings. The 6-foot-3, 287-pound recruit is also ranked as the fourth best prospect in Tennessee and the 79th best in the country.
Morris has Auburn among his top five schools he’s considering along side Alabama, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Tennessee.
This past weekend’s visit was just Morris’ second to Auburn. It won’t be the last, though, as he’s planning an official visit back to the Plains on June 15.
During this latest visit, the highlight of the trip Morris listed was simple.
“Basically how the coaches interact with the players and stuff. Everybody is real cool and showed me it’s more than just football,” Morris said.
Among those interactions with coaches is a budding relationship between Morris and offensive line coach J.B. Grimes.
“Coach Grimes is real cool. He’s been coaching a long time,” Morris said. “He came from a high school background, and it’s pretty cool. He understands the kids from younger on and older. That’s cool for me.”
Above all else, Morris is aiming for a place where he feels welcome and has a relationship with people at the school he eventually selects.
“My thing is that I want to go where I know people at,” Morris said. “Wherever I feel like I know a person, feel like I’m home, I’m going to do that.”
Auburn already has commitments from three offensive linemen in the 2020 class. Three-star guard Avery Jernigan (Blackshear, Ga.) and JUCO prospect from Coffeyville Community College offensive tackle Jonathan Buskey previously committed before the weekend. Central-Phenix City offensive tackle Javion Cohen became the third offensive lineman to commit as he announced his decision on Saturday.