COLLEGE PARK, Md. – DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) hybrid defensive end John Morgan has been at Maryland about four times this offseason, but he had yet to take in one of the Terps’ major prospect days. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound 2018 recruit took the opportunity to do so July 30 for the UMD cookout event, however.
Afterwards, Morgan said he and his parents like what’s going on with head coach D.J. Durkin’s program.
“It was great. We got to really spend time with my position coach [Mike London] and get to know him better. And I got to meet kids from North Carolina and Florida, as well as the guys I know locally, and we were just talking football and having a good time,” said Morgan, who holds early offers from UMD, Penn State, Va Tech, Syracuse and Rutgers. “And my teammates at DeMatha, Anthony McFarland and Marcus Minor, were there as well, and it was good to catch up with them. So overall, it was great to go back up to the hometown school and see it again.”
Morgan said the highlight of the trip was interacting with London once again. He said Maryland’s defensive line coach impressed both his mother and father.
“Coach London is a very family-oriented person, and he was talking to us for a good bit about football, life and things like that,” Morgan said. “He’s someone who you know is going to be in your corner. You can talk to him about anything, and he’s going to have your back. Even after football or outside of football, Coach London is like a mentor.
“And he’s also a pretty cool guy and a funny guy too. We had a water balloon fight and at one point I snuck up behind him and got him, and we were laughing about that.”
Morgan and his parents also had an opportunity to chat with Durkin and area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. He said, collectively, the staff left a distinct impression.
“My dad already knew all the Maryland coaches, but this was my mom’s first time meeting them, and she loved them,” Morgan said. “She said it’s just a really great atmosphere at Maryland, and it’s a school I should definitely be thinking about down the road.
“And I will be. I really liked it up at Maryland and I really like the coaches there.”
Morgan also commented on Maryland’s academic reputation and Under Armour connections. An honors student at DeMatha, Morgan is particularly concerned with his education and noted the different opportunities UMD presents.
“So when I think about it, I would say right now Maryland and Penn State are on the same level and my early leaders,” Morgan said. “I know I said after I visited Penn State they were the leader, and I said that because my family is very, very familiar with the staff there. But it’s the same now with Maryland. I like [the Terps] a lot.”
Morgan mentioned that Va Tech and Syracuse are on his mind as well.
The DeMatha end has been able to visit each of the aforementioned schools, in addition to UNC, NC State and Ohio State.
“I’m hoping Ohio State offers. I did well at their camp and they’re intrigued,” Morgan said. “Also, Michigan, Michigan State and Florida are interested after watching me at satellite camps. So it would be great to get those offers too.”
Morgan has no intention of ending his recruitment early. He plans to go through the entire process, much like many of his DeMatha teammates now playing at the college level.