Michigan Junior to Watch: Morgan Trent
Name: Morgan Trent
School: Orchard Lake St. Mary's
Position: Wide Receiver/Defensive Back
Bench Press: N/A
2002 Honors: Oakland Press Pre-Season Super 60 in Oakland County ranked no. 8; Detroit News Honorable Mention Class B All-State (WR); Detroit News Honorable Mention All-Metro North (DB); Oakland Press First Team All-County (DB)
2001 Honors: None
2000 Honors: HomeTown Newspaper's Preseason Top 20 KVC Players: no. 20
You all know about Morgan, so I won't repeat everything that Tom posted in breaking Morgan's commitment. I've been following Morgan since before his first game as a freshman, so I will just add some more background to Tom's reports.
St. Mary's head coach George Porritt had this to say about Morgan in mid-February: "Morgan was a sophomore and junior starter for us at free safety and wide receiver. He's 6-1, 185 and runs a 4.4 forty. He committed to Michigan a few weeks ago. He's a smart kid and he knew exactly where he wanted to go, so why wait? He's got tremendous speed and excellent hands on offense and a great break on the ball on defense. He has the most speed of any kid we have ever had at St. Mary's. He also carries a 3.6 GPA. He's one of the top players in the state. U-M loves his speed, break on the ball, his hands and the fact that he's an active player. As a junior he posted 7 interceptions and I believe he had about 28 catches, this despite missing two games with mono."
Here is what the Detroit Free Press had to say about his commitment: St. Mary's speedster quick to pick U-M February 13, 2003 BY BILL ROOSE FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER The University of Michigan has wasted little time in recruiting for its football class of 2004. The Wolverines received a verbal commitment from junior wide receiver/cornerback Morgan Trent from Orchard Lake St. Mary's. Last fall Trent -- 6-feet-1, 180 pounds -- caught 28 passes for 400 yards and six touchdowns, in addition to intercepting seven passes. He is also one of the state's top sprinters. Last spring in the Division 2 state meet, Trent placed second in the 100 meters (10.82), fourth in the 200 (22.79) and second in the long jump (22 feet, 9 1/2 inches). I think Michigan likes his break on the ball defensively and his good hands offensively, St. Mary's coach George Porritt said. ˜They like his overall speed. He's one of the fastest kids that I know of. ˜He just loves Michigan and he knows what he wants. Michigan has a kid that is a tremendous student. Sometimes kids don't know what they want and some haven't seen a college before. But Trent has and he saw the fit.
Following are additional press clippings:
Oakland Press Pre-Season Super 60 in Oakland County: no.8. Morgan Trent, Orchard Lake St. Mary's (6-1, 180) jr. WR/DB - Last year, his world-class speed enabled him to run past defenders. Now, he's learned the intricacies of his position and the game and should blow up like TNT. Fastest player at Michigan's football camp.
Oakland Press First Team All-County: DB Morgan Trent, Orchard Lake St. Mary's (6-1, 180) jr. - Despite missing two games with mononucleosis, proved to be the most exciting defensive back in county. Intercepted seven passes, including a three-pick game against Utica Eisenhower. Also had 23 catches for 263 yards at receiver. Great speed and his break on the ball is tremendous, Coach George Porritt said. Will be one of the state's top recruits next year.
HomeTown Newspaper's Preseason Top 20 KVC Players for 2000: 20. Morgan Trent Brighton Freshman WR There was some debate on naming a freshman as one of the top players in the KVC. But if all the hype this player is receiving all proves to be half-true, this freshman will be a top player by the end of the season. He joins Brighton as a transfer from Las Vegas. And Trent is projected to be a player who can light up the night sky with his tremendous speed and great hands. This summer, he tore up all the passing leagues and quickly caught the attention of opposing players and coaches. The only question mark hanging over the freshman's head is how long it will take him to learn the offense. Once that is accomplished, Trent will be player teams will have to stop.
From the Detroit News before his freshman season: The X-factors could well be the Trent brothers. Jared, a senior, will start at receiver, and Morgan, a freshman, will start at slot back. They are transfers from Las Vegas, and their father, Phil, played for Nebraska.
From the Ann Arbor News before his freshman season: but the addition of a pair of brothers who transferred from Las Vegas makes it a deep, talented unit. Jarrad Trent, who is 6-3, could start at wide receiver and freshman Morgan Trent could start at slot back. Their father played football at Nebraska. "Morgan was capable of winning several track events in the KVC as an eighth-grader," Murray said. "I just marvel at his talent." With the addition of two brothers who transferred from Las Vegas, Jarrad and Morgan Trent, Murray said this could be Brighton's best receiving corps ever.
Here is a summary of Morgan's track times as a sophomore: State Division 2 runner-up in the 100 meters (10.82e, third fastest electronic time in the entire state for 2002), fourth in the 200 (22.79e) and second in the long jump (22 feet, 9 1/2 inches, sixth longest jumper of the year in the entire state). In the State Division 2 qualifying meet he qualified with the following marks: long jump (20-9 1/2, 6th longest), 100 meters (10.83, 5th fastest), 200 meters (22.59, 5th fastest); His season bests were as follows: 10.82 electronic 100meters, 10.8 hand 100 meters, 22.79 electronic 200 meters, 21.9 hand 200 meters; 22-9 1/2 long jump.
Finally, here is a copy of something that was posted about Morgan on a football message board way back on July 13, 2000. This really attracted my attention, and you will see why:
MICHFANINARIZONA posted on 7/13 11:43 PM
*Important* Remember the Name MORGAN TRENT...
You will begin to hear this name more in about three years. But you heard it here first. While in the great state of Michigan attending my nephew's middle school Track Meet, I noticed that in the 100-meter dash one kid seemed to lay to waste the rest of the kids. I asked the official what his time was...11.0!!!! Now remember this is an 8th grader! He also Long jumped 21'3" He stood a rough 5'11" Not unusually muscular, but still very large for his age. I went to his track coach to ask if he played Football and his coach said "Of course, just look at him" I then asked if he liked U of M, His coach wasn't sure but he gave me a reassurance that most players from this area are pipelined to U of M. As I was walking away he went on to say... "I think he might be the best football player ever to come out of this town. Brighton, MI. Of course, Brighton is the hometown of one Drew Henson.
Instate Jr.: Morgan Trent
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