Minnesota Head Coach Richard Pitino now has three 2014 recruits who will take residence on the Twin Cities campus next years as Golden Gophers. After visiting UAB this past weekend Carlos Morris pledged to Minnesota this morning.
"I'm thankful for life today, blessed to say that I just committed to Minnesota University," Morris announced.
Morris joins point guard Nate Mason and power forward Josh Martin as commits to the class. Morris himself is a 6-foot-5 wing who is coming off a 13.3 point, four rebound, and two assist per game performance as a freshman. He shot 44.5 from the field last winter and 36.5 percent at the arc.
The decision seemed a long time coming although he had to visit UAB first. He committed to taking that trip and he told us in September that trip would happen because "I am a man of my word".
"The visit to UAB made my choice a lot harder but I felt was time to finally announce my college decision," Morris told GI.
Carlos had also continued to hear from some other programs. South Florida offered a scholarship, Georgia was calling with more interest, UAB, Arkansas, and DePaul all offered, and Carlos had previously visited Seton Hall. But in the end Minnesota was the right choice for Carlos.
"I just felt like Minnesota was the best spot for me," Carlos explained. "Coach Pitino is young but very experienced and we are going to do some big things. When I was there on my visit I liked everything. There was nothing to dislike about Minnesota.
"I really like how the team is like a family. Of course the campus is big time, that stood out when I visited as well."
Two seasons ago Carlos was a senior in high school and a member of the Rivals 150 ranked 147th in the nation as a three star recruit. His original decision was to attend South Carolina but he ended up playing at Chipola last season.
Morris has been on the Gopher radar since Pitino took the Gopher program over last April as Pitino's long time acquaintance Patrick Blake instantly made Pitino aware of Morris who plays for Blake at Chipola. Blake was a manager at Louisville when Richard was a part of their program.