Octavious Morgan wasn't all that wrapped up in the hype of recruitment or with watching his offer list grow. The Butler County C.C. (Kansas) cornerback simply wanted to find a fit and move forward.
Sunday morning, he did just that.
The 6-foot Morgan, who held offers from the likes of Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas State, Louisville and West Virginia among others, has long been Iowa State's top JUCO defensive back priority. Following his weekend visit, Morgan ended his recruitment Sunday with a commitment to the Cyclones.
“[Matt Campbell] 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 told AllCyclones.com last month. “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.”
Iowa State graduates three defensive backs following the upcoming 2016 season and Morgan could quickly fill a void at cornerback. With Iowa State’s new 4-2-5 defensive scheme, added emphasis will be put on the cornerbacks in the pass-heavy Big 12. 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.
Morgan, who is one of the better JUCO defensive backs in the 2017 class, will graduate in December and arrive at Iowa State early next year with two remaining years of eligibility.
“He said there is a lot of opportunity there because they’ve got five DBs and [three] of them are leaving,” Morgan said of Iowa State cornerbacks coach D.K. McDonald last month. “So that’s a great opportunity.”