Diauntae Morrow has options.
A three-star safety from Ohio prep powerhouse St. Edward's High School, the 6-0,185-pound defensive standout has a bevy of scholarship offers, including ones from Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Bowling Green, Toledo, Akron and Kent State, among others. He's also beginning to get interest from Michigan, which is waiting to see senior game tape before deciding if they want to offer as well.
But his options aren't limited to where he's going to play his college football – it also includes where he's going to play on the field. No where is that more true than at Indiana, the first school to extend an official scholarship offer.
"They would let me play three different positions," said Morrow, who is ranked No. 77 in Scout.com's ‘Best of the Midwest' rankings. "They would let me play corner, safety or outside linebacker. So basically three positions I'd have a chance to start at."
That flexibility has helped move the Hoosiers near the top of Morrow's list. He said this week he's currently favoring Indiana and Iowa as his potential college destinations.
"Indiana has been with me a long time," Morrow said. "I talk to my recruiter, Coach Bobby Johnson, and he's a really cool guy. I also have a couple of former teammates up there and a friend also, and they're rooting for me to come to IU, too."
Morrow was in Bloomington over the summer for one of Coach Terry Hoeppner's summer football camps, traveling with the Ted Ginn Bus Tour. Organized by Glenville (Ohio) H.S. Coach Ted Ginn, the tour takes 30-40 players from the Cleveland area on a 10-12 day trip around the Midwest to a handful of summer camps in an effort to expose those players to college coaches and programs.
Bloomington was one of this summer's tour stops, and Indiana did its part to make Morrow feel welcome.
"The last time I went up there they kind of embarrassed me," admitted Morrow. "The camp day (that I was there) was my birthday, and everyone sang happy birthday to me, so that was kind of cool. I wasn't expecting that."
Iowa, meanwhile, is an equally intriguing possibility for Morrow.
"I've always liked Iowa," Morrow said. "I got my offer from Iowa after the Ted Ginn Tour, because we had a one-day session at Iowa, and I guess the coaches liked what they saw. But Iowa has always been one of my top schools. They've always had a good defense that I think I could do well in."
While Indiana and Iowa are in the lead, there's still plenty of time before Morrow makes a decision. He said he wants to take at three official visits, and those aren't expected to come until after his senior season.
As a senior, Morrow will be making the move from outside linebacker to safety, where he'll team with Ohio State-bound Nate Oliver to give St. Edward's arguably the nation's best tandem of safeties. It was a move that was prompted by the quantity of spread formation teams St. Edward's has been seeing, and Morrow thinks the time he spent at linebacker will make him even more dangerous in the secondary.
"When you play outside linebacker, when you're in the box, you have to bring it every play," Morrow said. "I went against guys like (current Pitt offensive lineman and former St. Edward's standout) Joe Thomas, big guys like that every practice. If you don't bring you're a game, you're in trouble."
Morrow and Oliver are hoping to guide St. Edward's to a state title in their final prep season.
"Last year we go to the state semifinals, so there's no other place to go but win state," Morrow said.
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