Kyle Morrison gets No. 1 from UNM

Kyle Morrison (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West) is on the board.

The rising offensive tackle recently picked up his first offer from New Mexico, and he’s hoping to add to that growing list soon. Morrison, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman, isn’t taking the New Mexico offer matter of factly, and he is using it as motivation.

“I’ve been working hard to be able to play college football, and it feels great to see that hard work starting to pay off and get noticed,” Morrison said. “It’s a great sense of achievement, but at the same time, I am not satisfied with where I’m at. I’m going to continue to work hard and better myself as a football player.

“They [New Mexico] liked the way I finished blocks and got after the defensive linemen from my junior film. They also said I move my feet well in pass protection and when pulling.”

Recruited to New Mexico by inside linebackers coach Kevin Cosgrove, Morrison had a chance to show his worth in a recent Lobos camp. He also has been to summer camps hosted by New Mexico, Nebraska, Missouri, Northern Illinois and Indiana. Morrison is hoping to further impress New Mexico -- and other schools -- with a strong showing in the 2012 season. Lee’s Summit West, the 2010 Missouri Class 5 state champion, will play Kansas City (Mo.) Staley -- the defending Class 5 champion -- in a game televised on ESPNU on Aug. 25. Staley beat Lee’s Summit West, 76-70, in four overtimes in a state semifinal last season considered one of the best in Missouri high school football history.