Morgenstern Has Terps Ranked High After Visit

One of Maryland’s foremost linebacker targets, St, Luke’s (New Canaan, Conn.) Jacob Morgenstern, made his way down to College Park, Md., for the first time June 23.

One of Maryland’s foremost linebacker targets, St, Luke’s (New Canaan, Conn.) Jacob Morgenstern, made his way down to College Park, Md., for the first time June 23. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder came away highly impressed with the campus, the staff, the facilities, academics and more.

“It was a great trip; I really enjoyed meeting the coaches and seeing the school itself. My parents and my brother came with me, and they all liked it a lot too,” said Morgenstern, who holds offers from Boston College, Uconn, Clemson, Duke, Illinois, Pitt, Mississippi State, Syracuse, UVA, Vandy, Wisconsin and others. “It was one of the nicest campuses I’ve seen, and I really liked seeing all the different buildings and athletic facilities. It’s a really nice place to be, and I could definitely see myself going to school there.”

Morgenstern said he had conversations with head coach Randy Edsall, linebackers coach Lyndon Johnson and defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski, among others. He also interacted with a few current Terps, who chatted with him briefly.

“It’s obvious the Maryland coaches know a lot and are really driven,” Morgenstern said. “They have produced and coached a lot of great players who have gone onto the next level, so I think I could learn a lot from them. They think I’d fit in well there as an outside linebacker or safety, which is similar to my role at [St. Luke’s]. It’s a great system and I think I could learn it pretty quickly.

“I liked talking to Coach Johnson, who gave me a lot of good information about the system. He’s a really knowledgeable coach. And of course Coach Dudzinski is great. He’s known me for a long time now, and he answered a lot questions I had. Coach Edsall is great too; he was talking about the academics and how the education there could really benefit me. And since academics are big for me, that stood out a lot too.”

Morgenstern went on to comment on UMD’s facility upgrades, namely New Cole and the tunnel. He called the Under Armour gear “sweet” and said he loved touring the equipment room too.

“Some of the Under Armour stuff was pretty awesome; I love the jerseys,” Morgenstern said. “And the new facilities are going to be great. They’re some of the best I’ve seen. They’re going to help Maryland a lot with drawing players there.”

The Connecticut product said he likes the fact UMD is only a few hours from home, while noting that he has family around College Park.

“My uncle actually lives down there, so that’s pretty cool,” Morgenstern said. “It’s a great location, a great area. I like how it’s near D.C.”

Following the visit, Morgenstern said the trip “definitely” improved UMD’s standing with him. He said the Terps are likely among his top five suitors, but isn’t ready to name clear leaders yet.

“Maryland is a school I like a lot, but I have to sit down with my parents and discuss everything,” Morgenstern said. “There’s a lot of schools sticking out right now. I like Northwestern, Duke, BC and UVA a good bit. Then Uconn, Pitt, Wisconsin, I like them too… It’s going to be a tough decision and there’s a lot I have to think about.”

Morgenstern will be trekking to Boston College again June 25, his presumed final trip before selecting a school. He recently visited, in succession, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Pitt, Vandy, Duke, UVA and UMD.

The St. Luke’s product doesn’t have an exact decision date, but more than likely he’ll announce his destination in July or August.

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