NoleDigest Take: TE Christian Morgan

Florida State continues to very quietly add quality players to the football recruiting class for 2013. On Tuesday, the 'Noles received a huge verbal pledge from tight end Christian Morgan of Prestonwood Christian in Texas.

Christian Morgan

6-4, 255

Tight End

About the player: Morgan was recruited regionally pulling in offers from Baylor, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Florida State, and Iowa State. He did not pull in the 'premium' offers from Texas, Oklahoma, or Texas A&M. Baylor and Arkansas jumped out to early leads, but FSU closed like a freight train over the past 3-4 months including an unofficial visit during camp (did not work out).

Scout.com's Greg Power on Morgan: "The frame and size of a legit college player right now. He has the broad shoulders and lower body to take a beating as a blocker. A real jumbo style tight end, that is more than that. He is very athletic and moves quickly. He has super strong hands and can make tough catches, giving him the skill sets of more than just blocker. Also plays DE. He plays smart, uses his hands and keeps his eyes in the backfield to sniff out plays."


Morgan is another big body entering the FSU program
Yancy Porter, Scout.com

While I got a good opportunity to see Morgan walking around, I have not seen him play. I echo a lot of Powers analysis in that he looks like a blocking TE first and receiver second. From the FSU perspective-- and this should be no surprise-- he is another BIG kid. At a legit 245+ entering his senior season, he projects to be 270+ down the road.

It is no secret that the FSU running game has been disappointing and this is one way up upgrading that attack. By all accounts this is a high character kid and one that wants to come in and WORK. That alone bodes well for this young man's future. I like the fact that he has made plays as a DE, it shows that this is not a one trick pony, but a quality athlete with instincts.

Where he fits at FSU: The Seminole staff seems to have settled in to taking one Tight End per class. Christo Kourtzidis (2012), Nick O'Leary (2011), Will Tye (2010), and Dan Hicks (2009) are the most recent additions. (FSU did add a second TE in 2010 with Tank Sessions, but he has left the program).

Looking deeper into the 'takes' we see two different types of TE's being recruited. O'Leary and Tye are slightly under-sized receiving targets that are acceptable blockers. Kourtzidis and Hicks are more blocking types that can help in the passing game. Morgan is a better fit in this second category. If we went from receiving to blocking it would look like this: O'Leary- Tye- Kourtzidis- Morgan- Hicks.

What we have here is 'options' which in turn brings a lot of versatility to the position. It also makes the playbook bigger with different sets that can be used.

In the short term (one year) it looks like a crowded depth chart, but looking deeper there is plenty of opportunity. Hicks is a junior and O'Leary is a prime candidate to be three and out to the NFL (if he plays to his potential). In that case just Tye, Kourtzidis, and Morgan would be all that is on the 2014 roster.

Bottom Line: There was a time when we thought that a TE was not going to be in this class due to a dearth of candidates. Morgan was the most heavily recruited TE by the FSU staff and they landed their man.

He is a four star prospect and the no. 11 TE in the country (Kourtzidis was also no. 11). That makes three straight top 15 TEs in the country in the last three classes. Once again, TSCR.


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