Interest in Butler C.C. (Kan.) cornerback Octavious Morgan certainly isn’t lacking, but if there is one school that has prioritized the high-level 2017 prospect, it very well might be Iowa State and coach Matt Campbell.
The Cyclones joined the mix early for the 6-foot, 195-pound Morgan, who also holds offers from the likes of West Virginia, Kansas State, Baylor, Louisville, Arkansas and others. Since the late-February offer, Morgan has been in frequent contact with Iowa State coaches.
“I’ve been talking to Iowa State a lot,” Morgan said. “I’ve been in contact with a lot of coaches, but Iowa State has been showing a lot of love lately.”
And the message from Campbell has been clear.
“He told me that I fit well with their program and he likes how I attack the ball and it just made me feel special hearing that from the head coach. No other head coach has contacted me besides Coach Campbell,” Morgan said. “I really like Iowa State. I’m not trying to fall into the hype or anything. I just want to go where I feel I can play at and get better on the field and off the field.”
Morgan had a team-high six interceptions as a freshman last fall while also recording 56 tackles, a forced fumble and three pass breakups in 11 games during his freshman campaign. Following his sophomore season this fall, he’ll graduate in December and arrive at his next home with two remaining years of eligibility.
Given Iowa State’s new 4-2-5 defensive scheme, added emphasis will be put on the cornerbacks in the pass-heavy Big 12. The Cyclones, who will lose at least three cornerbacks after the 2016 season, think Morgan is a perfect fit.
Iowa State assistant Alex Golesh was recently in Kansas to watch Morgan during the spring evaluation period and cornerbacks coach D.K. McDonald has been in frequent contact.
“He said there is a lot of opportunity there because they’ve got five DBs and [three] of them are leaving,” Morgan said of McDonald. “So that’s a great opportunity.”
Morgan, who said Baylor and Kansas State are also near the top of his current list of favorites alongside Iowa State, doesn’t plan to rush his decision but would rather come to a conclusion sooner than later.
“I’m trying to go ahead and get the recruiting over with so I can [commit] before the season,” Morgan said. “So I’m really just trying to get all my visits in in the summer. I think I had talked about going to Iowa State, but we never really planned anything. But I’d really love to set up a date to go out there.”
Meanwhile, a few factors will be critical.
“A school that shows a lot of love to me, has a great program and pushes their players to get better,” Morgan said. “[And] someone that understands what I’m going through — I have a daughter back at home, so I want her to be closer. Stuff like that. It’s nothing big.”