Bloomington, Ind. – The big guns are getting involved with Lakewood (Ohio) safety Diauntae Morrow.
The 6-0, 185-pound safety hasn't taken any official visits and a decision still appears to be a ways off, but his top two schools – Indiana and Iowa – are making sure the St. Edward's H.S. standout knows just how interested they are in him.
That's why the head coaches from both programs were on the phone with him a week ago.
"Both coaches, Coach Hep and Coach (Kirk) Ferentz told me how interested they are in me and how they think I can really help their team," Morrow said.
Both programs view Morrow as a candidate to play either safety or cornerback. He actually played outside linebacker as a junior in high school before making the move to the secondary this season, where he plays alongside Ohio State-bound safety Nate Oliver.
"It's been a good move for me," said Morrow, whose team is 6-1 and is coming off a big win over powerhouse St. Ignatius last week. "That's the position I'm projected at in college, so I can get coaches' attention about what I can do. It's a better way for them to evaluate."
Of course, Indiana and Iowa have done just about all the evaluating they need, and that's why both have offered scholarships and emerged as Morrow's two clear-cut favorites.
Indiana was the first to offer, a fact that weighs significantly on Morrow's mind.
"They were my first offer, and they have stuck with me ever since," Morrow said. They like me, they like what I do. All the coaches are nice, down to earth, cool guys. It's the same thing at Iowa. They're good guys, cool guys."
Indiana is coming off a big win over Iowa last weekend, knocking off the Hawkeyes 31-28 in Bloomington. Morrow is very aware of the game's outcome, but he said that won't have much of an impact on his decision.
"Even though Indiana beat Iowa, I don't really use that – I want to go somewhere I fit in and somewhere I think I can help the team," Morrow said. "It's going to come down to taking my visits after the season is over, and wherever I feel most comfortable at is where I'll wind up going."
Morrow was aware of the Indiana-Iowa outcome, but he also received a phone call from one of his high school teammates, Joe Kleinsmith, a sophomore cornerback on the Hoosiers who had three tackles in the win.
"He called me and was checking up to see how I was doing, asked about (the) St. Ignatius (game), and he told me they beat Iowa," Morrow said. "Of course he'd like to see me go to Indiana, because you'd want a teammate that you went to high school with to play with you in college, but basically there's no pressure."
Indiana, Iowa Battle For Morrow
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