Arkansas will host some 10 preferred walk on candidates on Saturday with one of them having a very familiar last name to Razorback fans.
Greenwood linebacker Grant Morgan (5-11, 225) – brother of Arkansas wide receiver Drew Morgan – will be among those on hand.
The younger Morgan – who had 145 tackles this season for a 12-1 team - has offers from several schools, but is considering taking the walk on route with the Razorbacks and head coach Bret Bielema.
“I think it is a great opportunity and I feel very fortunate that Coach Bielema has offered me the opportunity to play on the same team as my brother,” Morgan said.
“But to be honest about it, I don’t know a lot about what being a preferred walk on is and how things work with that and I am looking forward to coming up there this weekend and finding out about all that.”
He will join Farmington tailback Justice Hobbs (5-11, 210), Maumelle offensive lineman Tyler Hall (6-6, 295) and North Little Rock wide receiver Tobias Enlow (6-1, 180) as a few of other prospects expected to be on hand.
Morgan has scholarship offers from Air Force, Harding, Henderson State, Arkansas Tech, Ouachita Baptist, Northeastern State, Pittsburgh State, Missouri State and Central Oklahoma, a school he visited on Tuesday.
“I am just trying to get all the information I can about all the schools and keep an open mind. I think it is very important that I stay opening minded about all the schools.”
He has obviously been around the Arkansas program a lot.
“I really like the coaches and what the program has to offer,” Morgan said.
Morgan had those 145 tackles, 3 sacks, 14 catches for 302 yards and five touchdowns and punted 17 times for a 39.2 yard average as he helped lead the Bulldogs to the Class 6A state title game before losing to Pine Bluff.
Morgan was named the Southwest Times Record Area Player of the Year and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette Defensive Player of the Year.
“I have a belief in myself that I can play on the highest level,” Morgan said.
His height may be the main factor that Morgan is not getting high-major scholarship offers.
“You know that may be a factor in it, but there are guys that are 5-11 all over the NFL,” Morgan said. “You can either play or you can’t. I know that coaches look for that, but I don’t see the difference in 5-11 to 6-2 if you can play basketball.”
The fact that his brother Drew made the most of his chance this season and led the SEC in touchdown catches was a proud moment for Grant, but not surprising.
“We have been raised to have confidence in ourselves,” Morgan said. “Some people automatically think that is cockiness, but it is not,
“It is a belief in yourself that is backed by a work ethic. Drew got his chance this season, not only for playing time but to become the number one guy.
“We are so proud of him, but we knew he would take advantage of that chance.”
Greenwood coach Rick Jones certainly is a big fan of Morgan’s.
He’s a really special kid,” Jones told the Southwest Times Record. “His leadership skills are really in this day and age, it’s really hard to find guys that are willing to take an unpopular view with his teammates. He’s not afraid to do that.
“If he thinks it’s the difference between winning and losing, he won’t be quiet. He’ll stand up and tell them what he thinks. The kids respect him and respond to him, He’s meant a great deal to this program.”