Prospect Report: Derrick Morgan

After a visit to Chestnut Hill this past weekend, Derrick Morgan is considering Boston College among his favorites. The four-star defensive end from Coatesville, Pennsylvania made an unofficial trip last Saturday.

"The whole visit went real well," Morgan said. "I met with a lot of the coaches - Coach O'Brien, the defensive line coach [Keith Willis] - and I met with some of the players also. I really liked the campus. They're [BC] definitely still in the mix."

Morgan, ranked by Scout.com as the 17th best defensive end in the nation, has over 20 offers, ranging from Big 10 powerhouses Penn State and Ohio State to the ACC's Miami and NC State. The 6'4", 258-pound DE reportedly doesn't have a favorite or even a top five yet, but has admitted that he has always been an Ohio State fan. But nothing will be determined until he gets a good look at each school. That's why he ventured out to Boston.

"I wanted to get a better understanding of the college," Morgan said. "I didn't know a lot about it. I'm looking for style of defense, academics, and a few other things [as determining factors before committing to a school]. Academics is big, though, it's on the same level as football."

Morgan has been busy making visits this summer. He already checked out Pittsburgh, NC State, and Penn State before making his way to Boston. As he trains for his senior year (and beyond), Morgan has plenty of ways to follow up on his BC trip.

"I'll still be in touch with a few people, like coach Willis. I met an incoming freshman, Mark Herzlich, from Conestoga [PA], which is about 20 minutes from where I live, so I'll probably keep in touch with him, too."

With over 20 hopeful schools keeping an eye on him this season, Morgan will try to improve on a standout junior year. As he narrows his list (a top five is reportedly coming soon), we'll see if BC remains a favorite


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