Morgan Trent's Michigan Connections

With U-M looking at a large recruiting class for the 03/04 year, we can expect them to try to immediately start filling in gaps from the 02/03 class. One such gap -- U-M will likely sign no WR's this Wednesday. So fortunately they've already received a verbal commitment from the top instate junior WR, Morgan Trent. Trent's name may be new to fans, but he and the U-M program have been familiar to each other for quite a while now. Here is more on Morgan from his mother -- on his U-M connections.

The mother of the top-rated junior instate wide receiver, Morgan Trent (5-11, 175 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 3.5+ GPA) from Orchard Lake, Mich., St. Mary's told us this (Sunday) morning:

"At the Michigan Camp last summer (where Trent reportedly recorded the fastest 40 yard dash time) Morgan bonded with the Michigan coaches ... all of them, not just any one coach in particular. He could see that how they were with the kids, caring and sincere. When you're being recruited, you're hearing from your recruiting coach, and they are putting their best foot forward. But Morgan got to see the Michigan coaches in action for five days, so he got to see how they really are. And they opened their arms to him. And then we saw the coaches in action at some games as well. That's where we met you -- we enjoyed meeting and talking to you briefly after the Iowa and Wisconsin games. That Iowa game was a tough situation, and the coaches really reacted well afterward, as you know. The boys (players) at Michigan are young gentlemen, we could see that too."

"Then there's the fact that Michigan has great young quarterbacks, on the team and coming in. We've kept track of that. Morgan is a wide receiver, so that's important. He also wanted to stay close to home."

"Stan Edwards (Former Wolverine great and father of wideout Braylon Edwards) is Morgan's track coach -- Maximum Output is their team. That's where we are this weekend, traveling with the team to a meet. Stan is phenominal -- he's going to make Morgan a better football player. Morgan's track skills have really improved. Morgan finished second in the 100 meters (Div. II, with a time of 10.82 seconds; as a sophomore he finished third with a 10.83) last year, while he was both on the baseball team (as a center fielder) and running track. He wants to do better -- and win it -- this year. So he's just focusing on track. Although as I say, even that is to help him with football. He's told us, 'Sports are sports, but football is my passion."

I mentioned that I'd seen that Morgan's father played for Nebraska, and the family moved to Michigan from Las Vegas.

"Morgan's father played defensive back for Nebraska. I was there as well on a springboard diving scholarship, that's how we met.When Morgan was little I'd take him to the pool and he would giggle at me about diving ... 'no ball involved' I guess. We didn't try to turn him into a football player, but his 'football genes' were the strongest."

"Morgan was born in San Diego, then we moved to Las Vegas where Morgan went to elementary school, then to Michigan a couple years ago (Morgan went to Brighton as a freshman before transferring to OLSM). We wanted to move to the Midwest -- the schools are stronger here, both academically and athletically. Morgan is a perfectionist, both on the field and in the classrroom. He's got over a 3.5 GPA at Orchard Lake. He's independent and self-motivated, we don't have to do anything to encourage him academically. He's passed the ACT too, but he will retake it because he wants a higher score. Morgan is a good person first ... he makes 'right choices'. We know he'll excel at Michigan ... Michigan stands for excellence academically and athletically ... at Michigan it's "student-athlete," not the other way around."

I commented about the 'U of M Varsity -style coat' Morgan was wearing at the Michigan games last fall.

"When we moved here Morgan had no winter jacket. That 'Michigan varsity jacket' you saw him wearing was the first winter jacket he ever got! That's what he wanted! And he's been wearing ALL Maize and Blue the past few days!"

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