Morgan adds two schools to in-home visits

In the world of recruiting, what a difference a few days can make. Less than a week ago the 6-foot-10, 275 lb. Texas high school center J'Mison Morgan had trimmed his list to five schools. But while most high profile players in the 2008 class are thinking about trimming their lists even further at this time of year, Morgan has elected to go the other direction.

In the world of recruiting, what a difference a few days can make. Less than a week ago the 6-foot-10, 275 lb. Texas high school center J'Mison Morgan had trimmed his list to five schools, LSU and Alabama, Kansas and UCLA and Kentucky. But while most high profile players in the 2008 class are thinking about trimming their lists even further at this time of year, Morgan has elected to go the other direction, and has added a couple of programs to his list.

"I think that you can only go through this process once, and I want to get as much information as I can to make a quality decision," Morgan said, "so when my in-home visits begin on September 9, I will also be seeing the coaches from Baylor and Cincinnati in addition to the other five schools on my list."

After the in-home visits have concluded, Morgan says he will schedule and take five official visits, "I am not going to rule out committing somewhere early, but at this point I'd really like to go through the process and see more about what these programs have to offer.

Morgan, who insists that he has no favorites or leaders at this point in time, identifies his preparation to play in the NBA, immediate playing time and relationship with the coaching staff as the most important considerations for his final decision, "I have seen stories out there saying that this school or that school is my leader," Morgan says, "but at this point, it's really not true. I am really trying to keep it all open. I like all the schools. That is why they are coming to see me. After the visits I believe I can start to put things more into place."

Although he mentioned several factors that will come into play for his final decision immediate playing time appears to weigh heavily among the reasons why he has scheduled the two additional visits.

"Baylor has been recruiting me for a long time, and they are part of the Big 12 conference so I believe that I could play against really strong competition there," Morgan said, "I think I could step in and get a lot of playing time there. With Cincinnati I really like their style of play. They have a lack of depth in their post players right now and I believe I could play a lot there as well."

Morgan says he believes he would play at least two years in college but would like to be prepared to make the jump early if the prospects are there. "Kansas and UCLA are on my lists because those schools seem to produce a lot of players for the league," Morgan said, "and I find that exciting. I have a very good relationship with coach Self and I think I could fit well into that system. I have not met the head coach at UCLA yet, but I will get the opportunity the week of September 9. I am looking forward to that."

Morgan allowed Kentucky to get in late largely because of his relationship with coach Billy Gillispie from his days at Texas A&M, "Coach Gillispie recruited me hard while he was at A&M," Morgan said, "when he left I really lost interest in them." If Gillispie had not left Texas A&M, Morgan indicated that the Aggies would still be high on his list, "When he called me after he got to Kentucky, I had to let them in even though they were late. Coach Gillispie really made an impact while he was with the Aggies and I am very comfortable with him. Kentucky has a lot of tradition. I am looking forward to seeing the campus."

As far as playing time goes, Morgan said that coach Gillispie indicated, "The minutes would be there for me." Morgan also said that LSU and Alabama were strong considerations for "all of the above." They play in the SEC against really strong competition. I think the playing time will be there for me at either school," Morgan said. As far as visits, Morgan, who goes by "Bobo," a nickname given to him by his brother when he was a small child, has been to four campuses unofficially, Kansas, LSU, Alabama and Baylor, all of which he enjoyed, " I expect to (create a) schedule for my visits during the week of September 17," he said.


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