CB Feels He's Ready

Having two brothers who play college football generally helps you in various ways -- especially during the offseasons. That's the case of Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast standout DeAndre Morgan.

"Having those guys to train with helps a lot," Morgan said. "I work out with my high school teammates and everything but I don't stop there. I go above and beyond that. I've been working out with my brothers and other college players."

Morgan actually has three brothers -- DeJuan (who plays WR at NC State), Darin (who plays WR at South Florida), and Darius (who is a student at South Florida).

"As a cornerback, I can go up against them and use that as practice," he said. "If I line up with DeJuan 10 times, he's probably only going to catch a few balls. Then when I turn around and go up against the high school guys, it feels a lot easier for me."

Morgan, 5-foot-10 1/2 and 160 pounds, emerged as one of the top players in Palm Beach County as a junior last season. He didn't play the previous two years and that made him very hungry heading into last season.

"My freshman year I went through some injuries and wasn't on varsity so the season wasn't as long," he said. "Then before my 10th grade year me and DeJuan were in a serious car accident. I had a suffered a concussion over my right eye and I wasn't cleared to play. Everything's all healed now."

Morgan, who carries a 2.8 core GPA, finished last season in impressive fashion. He played a number of positions, as his coaches found various ways to get the ball into his hands. His 11.8-yards per carry at running back was the same as what Pahokee's Antone Smith averaged. However, it's on defense that Morgan believes his future lies.

"I'm a corner in my eyes," he said. "When I go off to college, that's my position. I feel like I'm more experienced than most guys my age and I have the ability to run with anyone and get physical if I have to."

Morgan definitely has the speed. His 4.44 time on grass at the recent NIKE Combine was third best among the 700+ participants. He says he was electronically timed at 7.3 in the 60m last week and he's also competing in the 200m, 400, and long jump events in track.

The talented cornerback prospect is excited about the upcoming season and the idea of becoming a top prospect in the eyes of college coaches.

"Nobody's offered me yet but I'm getting a lot of the personalized letters," he said. "Coach Cristobal from Miami has been writing me a lot. I just got another letter from him on Friday. He basically says keep working hard, keep my grades up, and that they'll be watching me real closely this year."

Morgan says the Hurricanes are one of three early favorites on his short list.

"Ever since Devin (Hester) went, I've liked them a lot," he said. "Miami's close to home and they produce a lot of great players. Coach Cristobal seems real cool and I'm real high on them right now. I'm also liking South Florida and NC State a lot because that's where my brothers are. There are others who are sending me a lot of stuff like Boston College and Indiana and people like that."

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