The Opening: Morgan Hearing More From U-M

One of the top linebackers in the country was in the house at The Opening as 2014 Crete (Ill.) Monee's Nyles Morgan competed with the best. Morgan goes 1-on-1 with GoBlueWolverine to discuss his contact with Michigan, plans for visits, timeline, and his affinity for the SEC.

BEAVERTON, Ore.—Measuring in at nearly 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, 2014 Crete (Ill.) Monee linebacker Nyles Morgan looked ready to hit people and hit them hard at The Opening.

Unfortunately for the four-star talent and No. 4 ranked middle linebacker in the nation, hitting wasn’t allowed in the non-padded drill and scrimmage work. Still looking to become a well-rounded player at linebacker, Morgan went to work on his pass coverage skills, benefiting from the experience in 7-on-7’s, the sole reason he decided to make the trip out west for the camp.

“I’d say 7-on-7, it teaches you control,” Morgan told GoBlueWolverine. “Usually playing middle linebacker, you want to hit everything that comes across the middle. But obviously you can’t do that out here so it teaches you how to control your body and when you can’t run over everybody, you got to use your hands and feet.”

Still one month from the beginning of fall camp, Morgan played as physical as possible, jamming running backs and tight ends at the line, clearly ready to strap the pads on in a real high school setting.

“This is fun, you know, but I want to get back to playing football, football,” said Morgan smiling. “Helmets, shoulder pads in the hot heat.”

Just like the weather, the flame in Morgan’s recruitment continues to burn at a higher rate. Asked what schools are relentless in their courtship of him, Morgan points out five schools pursuing him with a feverish intensity.

“I would say Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Miami is sending a lot of mail, Florida has always been in the picture, and Michigan too,” he said.

Morgan is very familiar with the Maize & Blue and was on Michigan’s campus for a visit this past December. Since that time, the Wolverines have continued to increase their contact.

“I would say it got a little bit better cause it kind of fell off a little bit,” said Morgan. “I’m still pretty open though. I talked to coach Mattison three weeks ago.

“I really like coach Mattison. He was the first one I met when I came there the first time I went there, like my sophomore year, and me and him are pretty cool for the most part. The main topic was just getting me down there, getting me to play for them.”

Currently with no unofficial visits planned for the summer, Morgan is leaving open the possibility of a surprise visit to Michigan in the near future.

“I’ll try to,” he said. “Summer is kind of busy. I’m trying to see schools I haven’t seen yet but say I’m in Michigan one day because I have family down there, I’ll stop by (Ann Arbor) and say hi.”

With a decision set to come at the 2014 Army All-American Bowl, Morgan plans to take as many official visits as possible this fall. Making it no secret how much the allure of the Southeastern Conference catches his eye, Morgan says teams from the SEC standout for the year in, year out development of next level talent.

“That is pretty important because, that statement to me is true cause if you watch the NFL draft like 80-percent of players from the first and second round is SEC players,” said Morgan. “It’s like the tempo is a lot faster down south for some reason.”

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