Morgan to Visit BC

Coatesville, Pennsylvania's Derrick Morgan, the 13th-best defensive end prospect in the country, will make his way up to Chestnut Hill this weekend to watch the Eagles take on Buffalo. Morgan, who has already been to Penn State, Miami, Ohio State, and Georgia Tech, says BC will be his last official visit.

"I went up there during the summer and I want to go back to get a better feeling," Morgan said in an exclusive interview with EI. "The last time I went [July], I didn't get to meet many of the players. Hopefully I can meet up with them and Coach [Keith] Willis."

Willis went down to visit Morgan in Coatesville, but Jason Swepson, BC's running backs coach, is the one that has been recruiting the 6'4", 255-pound defensive end. Morgan said he speaks weekly with Mark Herzlich, a true freshman on the Eagles' defensive line. Herzlich went to school at Conestoga High, about 20 minutes from Coatesville, and will likely be Morgan's host this weekend.

If it were just about football, the Eagles could be at a disadvantage in trying to snare Morgan. He saw Ohio State - a program he admittedly grew up admiring - take on Penn State in September on national television. A week and a half ago, Morgan drove overnight to University Park and got to ride the player bus into Beaver Stadium to see the Nittany Lions host Michigan. Saturday's game against Buffalo won't exactly measure up to the kind of intensity Morgan has seen at some of his past visits. But that's not the only thing he cares about as he prepares to make a decision.

"[BC]'s not a football powerhouse," Morgan said, "but it's still a very good program. They have a good program and their education is top of the line. I'd have to say academics [comes first]. You can't play football if you don't go to class and if I ever got hurt, I would need more than just football.

"No matter where I go, I'm going to have to work hard to earn a spot. I won't have a guaranteed spot anywhere. But wherever I go, hopefully I can make a bigger name for myself. A lot of programs have both factors, it's up to me where I go. So I'm just going to have to work hard."

After BC, Morgan said he'll take an unofficial visit to N.C. State. He will graduate high school early and jump right into college classes – wherever that may be – for the spring semester. That will allow Morgan to play spring ball with his future team and get a head start on incoming freshmen graduating in May. A decision, therefore, will be made soon, probably in early November.

"One school will jump out at me," Morgan said. "I don't want to say any favorites or anything right now because that could change. I don't want to say I really liked Penn State because I might go to BC and decide I really like it there. I'll have to wait until I've been everywhere."

Notes: Morgan said his posted 40 time (4.9), which he ran back in ninth grade, is a little high. He said he's run a 4.7 in practice.

Morgan's Red Raiders are 5-3, but have had to fight through a lot of key injuries. If they win out, Morgan said, they have a chance to go to the playoffs.

Check back next week to see how Morgan's visit went.

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