Morgan Wants the Chance to Compete

Deandre Morgan was a major recruit all of 2005 for NC State and he eventually decided to follow his brother, Dajuan, to Raleigh. We caught up with the younger Morgan about his plans for the Pack and what he hopes to accomplish as a freshman.

When defensive back DeAndre Morgan first committed to NC State it wasn't just because he has a brother on the team.

Rather, a combination of factors led the brother of DaJuan Morgan to decide to spend his college years in Raleigh. Most importantly perhaps was the possibility that the 5-11, 160-pound athlete could see the field early.

"A lot of people might look at my decision and say that it was just because my brother was here," said Morgan. "But I had to sit down and make a decision for myself. I just came to the same conclusion he did.

"I love the type of defense they run. They run a lot of nickel and dime coverages, and at times they'll have seven defensive backs on the field at one time. That means that even if I'm not going to come in and start I'll get a chance to get on the field."

There's plenty more that led Morgan to choose to run with the Pack.

"I like the coaching staff a lot," he said. "I feel like the school is in a good city too. When I went to a game last year I was pretty impressed because a lot of fans already knew who I was and were calling my name. That made me feel comfortable and excited about the place. When it was time to make my decision my family got behind me and I knew where I had to be."

The product of Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach, FL, Morgan has great body control and excellent speed. What are his expectations for himself as a freshman?

"I'm just going to work as hard as I can right when I get there. I'm going to get there later this month on the 29th so I can do the second summer session with the other guys. I told the coaches on my visit to State that I just want the opportunity to come in and compete for a job. I don't think it matters that I'll be a freshman. My age doesn't matter to me or the coaches. If I deserve to play then I'll play."

Morgan is very confident when it comes to the Wolfpack's chances next year, and he also offered some analysis of what the competition might look like this fall.

"I've been talking about this to everyone," Morgan laughed. "I don't want to sound cocky about it, but I think we're going to go undefeated. I think our toughest games this year will be Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina. Those teams have been tough recently and they will be again. Even when we've beaten them most of the games have been close. A lot can happen, but I think Clemson is going to be the toughest game of the year."


Scouting Quotable: "Morgan does have incredible speed and a great first step. He hits the hole hard and has breakaway speed. Morgan has good hands and concentration as a wide receiver but it does appear he looks to have a better future on the other side of the ball. Morgan likes to bait the QB to throwing to his receiver and then he makes the play, showing incredible recovery speed. He'll also come up and hit you. Morgan is also a special teams standout." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Jamie Newberg

Morgan-on-Morgan: "First of all, I am a team guy. I will do whatever it takes to help my team. I prefer to play defense and I think I am the cover guy that teams look for. I have great recovery speed as well. I am disciplined, I stay home, I stay humble and I am hungry."

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