R.I. athlete Josh Morris lands first offer

Athlete Josh Morris (Bristol, R.I./LaSalle Academy) entered last weekend without any scholarship offers, but he's breathing a little easier today.

Morris, a junior who was selected as Rhode Island's Gatorade Player of the Year last season, picked up an offer from Bryant University on Saturday. Morris said he could play running back, slot receiver or corner back in college.

“Always good to get the first one out of the way,” Morris said. “Bryant offered me as a running back. Right now I'm being recruited as an athlete. I prefer offense though.”

Morris is 5-foot-10 and weighs 175 pounds, about 10 pounds heavier than he played at last season. He led LaSalle Academy to an undefeated regular season, but the Rams were upset by Bishop Hendricken in last year's Division I championship game.

Morris rushed for 1,278 yards and 16 touchdowns on 134 carries last season. He also caught nine passes for 175 yards. However, he may have been at his best returning kickoffs, averaging 39.8 yards per return with one touchdown.

Morris said he's also attracted interest from several other Division I schools in the Northeast.

“I think BC, UMass, Temple or UConn might be the next to offer,” Morris said. “Right now I'm focused on those schools, then maybe I can get some offers from bigger schools. I've also heard from Penn State, NC State and Northwestern.”

Morris attended a junior day at Boston College, and said he he's hoping to attend junior days at UConn, Rutgers and Temple as well.

“I haven't planned my summer [camp] schedule yet,” he said. “I'd have interest in any school that offers right now.”