Nyles Morgan has been anything but a stranger to weight room in the months since his junior season ended, and his hard work showed at last weekend’s Nike Football Training Camp in Addison, Illinois. The four-star linebacker checked in at a chiseled 6-3, 229-lbs., and was the most fluid and explosive player at his position. When the dust from the competition had settled he had earned an invite to The Opening. Though pleased with that accomplishment, the talented youngster wasn’t totally satisfied with his performance.
“I did pretty good,” said Morgan. “I excelled at some parts and kind of fell back at other parts. I think I did really well in the pass rush and one on ones with the running backs. I think I kind of did okay in the passing drills.”
With the camp now behind, the Crete (Ill.) Monee star has shifted his attention back to training. Lately he has also been spending more time thinking about his recruitment thanks in large part to the parade of college coaches that have been to his school in recent weeks. One of the unexpected visitors was Michigan’s Curt Mallory. The Wolverines were at one point thought to be among the prime contenders for his services -- after all, Ann Arbor was the site of his first unofficial visit well over a year ago. Since then, however, a disconnect has caused the Maize & Blue to slide down his list.
“(The visit to Michigan back in the winter of 2012) was really exciting,” Morgan recalled. “It was nice and big and everything was all nice and brand new and the linebacker coach was really excited about me.”
“I would say (I’m still interested) a little bit. They’re actually trying to come back to me. It really depends on how much they’re interested in me.”
At the moment the Wolverines have a lot of ground to make up on a pack of schools that includes Florida, Miami, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Tennessee, UCLA, Oregon and USC. Ole Miss has long been regarded as a program in especially strong position due to the presence of Morgan’s former teammates Anthony Standifer and Laquon Treadwell. He acknowledges that the Rebels do hold a special appeal.
“I watched (Standifer’s and Treadwell’s) recruiting processes and I kind of learned from both of them,” Morgan stated. “(Them being at Ole Miss) is a factor. Since both of them went there, there is something special about Ole Miss, obviously. I went down there for a visit and I did like it. But I’m still taking everything in.”
Morgan plans to maintain that open minded approach for the foreseeable future. There is a great deal more research ahead before he is ready to make a decision.
“I’ll probably take a few unofficial visits and then I’ll probably take all of my official visits,” he said. “Academics and how comfortable I am around the student body, the campus atmosphere, the games, the records… just everything. I could commit at the All American game or I could do it at my school. I'm really not sure right now to be honest with you.”