Wanya Morris is loooooong.
Morris told DawgNation at the Future 50 event this month that his west-to-east fingertip span has been measured at or right around 85.5 inches.
That is an uncommon trait when applied to players in general. Much less a high school junior.
That’s the stuff for cartographers to chart and quarterback-thirsty defensive ends to try to find the long way around.
The nation’s No. 7 offensive tackle for 2019, per the 247Sports composite, has that extended length on his 6-foot-5½ frame.
He’s been wanted by UGA offensive line coach Sam Pittman for quite some time.
The 4-star junior offensive tackle was committed to Florida State for almost eight months last year but chose to back off that commitment.
There were signs before that decision that indicated his future was not all garnet, gold and white. He was a frequent visitor to UGA last season.
Part of it was the convenience of a friendly distance. The fit also was a factor. He said there was one particular school that triggered that de-commitment.
“Georgia,” the near 300-pound prospect said. “I mean it was somewhat Georgia but it was really me and my mom just wanting to sit back and take things slower.”
The fun-loving junior had his own term for it. He needed to “chillax” his recruitment. That just sounds like him.
There’s a side to Morris that doesn’t take the stress and the recruiting spotlight all too seriously.
“Wanya is the goofiest person you will ever meet,” said Owen Pappoe, his 5-star teammate at Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga. “He is always having fun. Always clowning. Always dancing.”
Has his mother formed an opinion yet about where he should go?
“She doesn’t know what she wants either,” Morris said.
He wasn’t sure if he would consider a silent commitment.
But he does have an opinion on what the Bulldogs are building in the years to come. Georgia very well could finish with the nation’s top-ranked recruiting classes in 2018 and 2019.
UGA leads both standings on the 247Sports Team composite ranking.
“They are building a national championship team,” Morris said. “Go Dawgs.”
The biggest factor for Morris in regards to his eventual decision has been and always will be the distance from his home.
The future computer engineering major just doesn’t want to get too far away from his immediate family.
Where Wanya Morris would fit in on the line at UGA
While Morris isn’t the 6-foot-7 giant prospect at tackle the Bulldogs have been stocking up on recently, he fits two other very important criteria for any offensive lineman.
That’s feet and length. Grayson’s prized junior can follow the trend established by Isaiah Wynn for the Bulldogs out on the edges. He’s smart and tenacious and also has great feet. Oh, and that wingspan.
He said he believes Georgia would put him at tackle because of those traits.
“They make it seem like that is the position fit,” Morris said. “If it is the fit, then it is the fit, you know?”
One thing is for sure: Morris can dance. Check out his feet during these reps at the Future 50. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound prospect from Grayson High looked formidable along every one of his reps at that camp.
Grayson 4-star OT standout @wanyamorris64 had a day yesterday at the Future 50. Wait till you see his dance moves between all his good reps in Orlando. This fella has crazy long arms. pic.twitter.com/8qmLyh4K6o
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) January 5, 2018
He said he is looking toward a new timetable for his next ― and final ― college decision.
“The minimum would be a week before or the day before the early signing period,” Morris said.
His thought is to commit on the day before the early signing period and then put pen to paper the very next day.
“It is either that or I will make my decision at least two weeks before that,” he said.
Wanya Morris also just took a big visit to Tennessee
Morris was part of the Grayson High School contingent that just checked on how new boss Jeremy Pruitt plans to build his brand of football in Tennessee.
It seems that the nation’s No. 54 prospect for 2019 will seriously ponder a career path going through Rocky Top.
— •👑 (@wanyamorris64) January 14, 2018
Which schools are now really in the hunt for Morris?
“Oklahoma, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Texas A&M,” he said.
He said his thoughts on UGA have been constant over the last few months.
“It has remained the same,” Morris said. “Still have the same type of contact. They text me a lot. I stay in good contact with Georgia.”
While he rolled off a long line of potential suitors regarding his choice, he said the schools which recruit him the hardest are a much smaller group.
“Georgia, Florida and Tennessee,” he said.
Morris is considering taking three official visits during the spring. That’s the new wrinkle for the Class of 2019 prospects. Those are the changes that mesh with the early signing period that was introduced in December.
The candidates for those spring official visits could be Florida, FSU, LSU and Oklahoma. He has the mindset shared by many Atlanta-area prospects at this stage of their recruiting when it comes to taking an official visit to UGA ― at least for now.
“There’s really no point in going to an official there for me if I’m right down the street basically from Athens,” he said. “I go there all the time. I went there to like four or five games this year. I pretty much know that feeling of what it is like to be there at a big game for UGA.”
The Bulldogs have stocked up nationally with some elite guards, but they do not have as many clear-cut future options as far as young tackles go. There’s early enrollee 5-star Cade Mays and redshirt 5-star freshman Isaiah Wilson, but the inventory isn’t as loaded as it is on the interior of the line.
“Anywhere you go you are going to have to compete,” he said. “If I end up going to Georgia, then I will have to compete there. That’s what I will do wherever I go. I will compete for a starting spot.”
Does he have an early prediction on where he will wind up?
“I want to say Georgia but I also want to say one of the Florida schools,” he said. “That’s either Florida or Florida State.”
He quickly added Oklahoma to that list of elite contenders.
The chances he winds up at one of those four locales seem pretty good 11 months out from his “chillax” decision.
It also should be made clear that he shared that answer with DawgNation prior to his recent visit to Tennessee.