'I'm Pumped About It'

Riviera Beach (FL) Suncoast athlete DeAndre Morgan has committed to NC State.

Riviera Beach (FL) Suncoast athlete DeAndre Morgan committed to NC State tonight after talking with head coach Chuck Amato.

"I did it tonight, and I'm pumped about it," Morgan told Pack Pride. "I talked to coach Chuck [Amato] tonight, and I told him that I was going to join the family. I also talked with coach Stroud about it, and he was happy. He said he's going to send me some more letters and stuff.

"They didn't act surprised, but they were just happy to know that they have me. I told them on my official visit that I wanted to take all my trips, and coach Chuck said that was fine because he wanted me to make sure. He reminded me of how my brother's recruitment went down, and he wanted me to be sure of my choice. But, I don't think I have to do that because they are treating him right, and I know I would have the opportunity to go up there and play."

Morgan also had a chance to watch the Wolfpack play Georgia Tech last week on national television.

"It was a real good game," he said. "It was just tough to contain that man, Calvin Johnson. He made some unbelievable catches, but other than that the coaching was good, and I love the defense. They are always making plays."

Morgan picked NC State over offers from Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Rutgers among others. Considered one of the state's fastest prospects, the three-star standout ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the NIKE Camp and ripped off a 4.26 at Miami's camp. He is being recruited as a cornerback and punt returner by NC State.

"My biggest strength is you don't have to put me in a zone," Morgan said. "I can guard your best man. My speed and vertical allows me to guard any receiver you put me on."

Morgan admits he will have to gain weight to play on the next level, but he's already starting to add the weight to his slight frame.

"I'm up to 167 pounds right now," he said. "Last year at the NIKE Camp I was 150 pounds, but I had lost a lot of weight during track season. The coaches want me to be 175 pounds when I get up to NC State, and I can do that for sure. I'll be that much by next summer."

Morgan, who also has two brothers that attend the University of South Florida, believes his parents are also thrilled with his decision.

"They love it," Morgan said. "They said as long as I'm comfortable with it they are going to be happy. They wanted me to make the best decision, and I'm sure they are glad I made that choice so they won't have to go all around the country watching football."

As for his senior season, Morgan was scheduled to return in a couple of weeks but has decided to sit out the remainder of the year.

"I'm out for the rest of the year," he said. "I don't want to rush this wrist injury and that way I can be fully healthy when I get up to NC State."

DeAndre Morgan is the fifth known commitment in the Class of 2006 for NC State.

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