Morgan Sees Iowa

James Morgan made the trip from Green Bay to Iowa City last weekend to check out the Hawkeyes junior day. The 2015 quarterback liked what he saw and heard from Iowa and reflected with us on the visit and his recruitment.

Iowa welcomed visitors to Saturday's junior day with snow. The weather worked just fine for Green Bay (Wisc) quarterback James Morgan.

Morgan's hometown is well-known for its harsh winters. The Ice Bowl between the Packers and Cowboys for the 1967 NFL Championship is one of football's most famous games.

"I thought that the campus was really pretty," Morgan said. "It was kind of cool that it was snowing. It was unique. There were brick streets and a very pretty campus."

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Morgan traveled to Iowa after attending the Army All-American Combine in San Antonio earlier this month.

"It was great to see the competition from across the nation and getting a chance to size yourself up," Morgan said of the underclassmen event. "Guys really threw the ball well down there. It was fun to compete against them.

"I thought I held my own. I like competing against a high level of competition to see where I'm at. It's a great reminder that there's work to be done and there's always somebody out there working."

Morgan approached Iowa's junior day the same way. He was joined at the gathering by fellow Class of 2015 quarterback recruits Ryan Boyle of West Des Moines Dowling Catholic and Drew Cook of Iowa City Regina. Also attending was Benet Academy (Lisle, IL) signal caller Jack Beneventi, who verbally committed to the Hawkeyes last month.

"Being with those guys and seeing what they know and sizing yourself up with them was a great experience," Morgan said.

Generally, colleges award a scholarship to just one quarterback per class. Iowa continuing to recruit the position with Beneventi in the fold leads one to believe that its open to taking to at that position in '15.

"I really didn't ask (the coaches) the details of that," Morgan said. "I know they already have a quarterback and I believe he was there, too. We just talked in general and had some good conversations."

Morgan runs a spread offense at Ashwaubenon High in Green Bay. While he's had success in that system, he feels he would even be better in Iowa's attack.

"We watched some film and some of the concepts we went over, the plays in general, were good," Morgan said. "They run pro(-style) which fits my style. Seeing the types of things they do was really cool. It was easy to understand.

"There's a lot of flexibility for the quarterbacks, which is good. It's kind of like Peyton Manning where there are multiple plays and you call it at the line based on your reads. That determines where you go with the ball.

"I think that suits me because that's kind of my M.O., is to sit back and make the right read. I really liked that. I thought it was a great learning experience seeing what they were doing and comparing it to what I was doing in high school and visualizing myself in that situation."

Morgan is training five days a week while he awaits his first scholarship offer. He lifts all five days and works on footwork and agility twice a week.

"The big thing for me is to just control what I can control," Morgan said. "I still don't have any offers yet but I feel like if I keep working hard hopefully that will be a possibility. Right now, I'm just trying to work hard and improve with my teammates to make next season good. Hopefully, I can continue to succeed and go from there."

Ashwaubenon advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 2013. Morgan completed 58.4 percent of his passes for 2,153 yards and 22 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

Morgan said he ran a 4.9-second, 40-yard dash at the Army combine (a notoriously slow surface). He said he's working on becoming more of a threat with his legs this off-season.

Scout.com ranks Morgan as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale. He said he's scheduled to attend camps for Elite 11 and Sports Performance U and will take part in college camps this summer.

Morgan said he's hearing most often from Iowa, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Penn State (before coaching change) and Arizona State. Wisconsin is not pursuing him, he said.

"I think they have a kid in my class who they are pretty heavily recruiting," Morgan said. "I think they're a great school but they're not really involved."


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