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Maryland DE John Morgan recaps his visit to Penn State

Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha defensive end John Morgan had a personal day Monday at Penn State, and he shared his experience with Scout.

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Away from the junior day hubbub or craziness of a spring practice, defensive end John Morgan wanted to get an in-depth look at Penn State, so he made the trip Monday.

And the Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha standout did not leave disappointed.

"Great visit," the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Morgan said. "They took me on a tour of the whole campus, and there is really something special going on up there. What I learned is the major I want to pursue (kinesiology) is one of the top majors they have on campus, and they have a couple of (players) in that major.

"It's really a wonderful place. They really want to put you in a position where they want you to succeed, and where it is hard to fail, if I decide to come here."

Morgan is being recruited as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker, and he spent plenty of time with the coaching staff discussing how he would fit into the defense.

"I sat down with (defensive line) coach (Sean) Spencer for a little while," Morgan said. "We were going over film from the past season, going over some of their pass rush (packages) and stuff like that, and getting familiar with coach Spencer and his staff."

The every-day setting of the visit helped Morgan better understand how the football program and the schools work together.

"Not coming on a junior day or for an event, seeing how the campus flowed, and how the guys came in and got their workouts done and went to class, it was a perfect picture for me," Morgan said. "(The trip) was to see the campus, see how everything works out throughout the day, and become more familiar with the academic staff and become more familiar with the coaches on a day where they're not usually looking for recruits to come up."

A message that resonated with Morgan was more about what Penn State wants to see out of players and prospects, and not about why Morgan should become a Nittany Lion.

"The one that stood out the most is this season coming up, going out and play reckless and with no remorse for anybody," Morgan said. "That was one of the big messages they tried to preach to me, and I think it is something I'm going to take and bring it out to the field this coming year."

Morgan said he is not listing leaders, and he does not know when he will make his college decision. In addition to Penn State, his offer list includes MarylandSyracuseRutgersVirginia Tech and Pittsburgh.

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