Qualified and ready to sign

If Kyle Morgan's size and athleticism weren't enough to set off a feeding frenzy among college recruiters, the big defensive lineman has already graduated from junior college and is looking to sign and enroll immediately at his new school.

Kyle Morgan (6-4, 255, 4.8) played his high school football at Galileo High School in San Francisco, California. He originally signed with the Miami Hurricanes and earned a national championship ring during a forced redshirt season due to injury. Morgan then transferred to Pearl River Community College in Mississippi where he played in 2002 and 2003.

Morgan arrived in Tuscaloosa this evening and intends to stay through Friday on an official visit. Next up will be a weekend visit to Illinois.

By the time he's through with a marathon visit list that includes Alabama, UCLA, Louisville, Texas A&M and Illinois, Morgan intends to make his decision and sign a scholarship this month. That way he can enroll in school immediately and get down to football business beginning in January.

"I've been through all this before," Morgan said Thursday evening. "It can be tiring, but at least you get to see the country.

With the recent announcement that Antwan Odom intends to declare early for the NFL draft, Morgan could step in immediately and compete for playing time at Alabama.

Morgan arrived in Tuscaloosa Thursday for an official visit.

"Kyle can be a mean and vicious player on the football field," PRCC head coach Tim Hatten said of Morgan in an earlier interview. "But off the field, he's the nicest guy you would ever want to meet."

Morgan has a sister and several cousins living in Birmingham, which could work in Alabama's favor.

The California native already has an Associates Degree, and he's now taking classes toward a degree in Sports Management. Morgan helped out his teammates at Pearl River by tutoring in math and accounting.

Redshirt freshman Jeremy Clark served as Morgan's host during his official visit.

His redshirt season at Miami and two years of competition at Pearl River will leave Morgan with two years to play two beginning in the fall of 2004.

RECRUITING NOTES: Alabama is allowed to bring in 19 new scholarshipped players this fall. The Tide is expected to sign as many as 22 players in February, anticipating that several will not become qualified. It's also possible that one or more players may be asked to delay entry into The University until the following January, counting against 2005 scholarship numbers, depending on how qualifying issues play out.

Read all of the recent recruiting stories on Alabama recruits from TheInsiders.com.

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