2016 California star talks Vandy

The Vanderbilt coaches may be using their California connection to attract talent from the west coast but it was the previous staff that was the first to offer D.J. Morgan while he was only a freshman at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif.

D.J. Morgan Bio

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound free safety/wide receiver is entering his junior season where he hopes to lead the Braves to another undefeated season and CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division championship with some services declaring them the national champion in 2013.

"It was May of my freshman year when I received my first offer from Vanderbilt," Morgan told VandyMania.com. "It was when Coach Franklin was there, but Coach Mason knows me and was recruiting me when he was at Stanford. My contact was with Coach Rahne. He complemented me on my hustle and hard work. A big thing for me is work ethic. But, he also said I was fast and had exceptional hands, especially for someone my size.

"I would love to play in the SEC. It's such a great conference with so many dominant teams. I believe it's the closest thing to the NFL. I would like to hear more from Vanderbilt as well as the rest of the SEC. I just went down to a camp at Alabama and Auburn this summer. They both have tremendous atmospheres. Coach Kiffin was recruiting me when he was at USC so I took a trip down there. I could definitely see myself playing in the SEC."

Morgan added an offer from Utah during his sophomore year, but missed half the season on the field with a broken foot. Since, the ankle injury Morgan says he's gained 15 pounds but has increased his speed. He's hoping to show off his speed when the Braves begin their season at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii against St. Louis School on August 22nd.

"This year I'm looking to try to be more of a leader," he said. "We're leaving on Monday for Hawaii. I can't wait to get started. It's my junior year, a big year for me, but I'm just looking to keep improving, keep getting better, and help my team reach our goal of going 16-0 and repeating as national champions. Some polls have us ranked as high a number five starting out the season.

"It was a good summer and I think I have a good idea of the kind of D-1 program I'm looking for. I want to surround myself with positive people in a good atmosphere. A big part of my decision will be on my interaction with the coaches. If i show them love will they give it back? Just having a good relationship with the team and the coaches will be key."

St. John Bosco, a private, All-Male, Roman Catholic school in suburban Los Angeles, defeated Mater Dei, 34-7 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim to capture the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division championship last December. With the graduation of players like Jaleel Wadood (UCLA), Naijiel Hale (Washington), and Chandler Hawkins (Navy), Morgan looks to be the man in the secondary this season for the Braves.

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