Good Trip for Derrick Morgan

Coatesville (PA) star Derrick Morgan camped at NC State and was impressed with the Wolfpack. He had a chance to spend three days in Raleigh and tour the facilities, meet the players, and work out with the coaches.

"Everything went good," Derrick Morgan said. "I went down there for three days, and I liked it. The facilities were real nice and everything is new... it all looks brand-new. I went to the dorms and saw where the players stayed and met the coaches. Coach Amato was real cool."

Morgan camped earlier in the week when a lot of top prospects were on campus. He felt he showcased his ability all week.

"Coach Stroud said I did real good," said Morgan. "He said he was really impressed with how athletic I was because I'm a big defensive end."

A four-star prospect regarded as the No. 17 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, Morgan stated that NC State's ability to put defensive linemen in the NFL is an advantage that caught his eye.

"They've had success with getting defensive linemen into the NFL," he said. "That's real important. It's a plus right there that they can get defensive linemen to the NFL. Especially defensive ends because that is the position I play. I know all about that."

With offers from Ohio State, NC State, Penn State, Miami,North Carolina, Cincinnati, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, UConn, Temple, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Michigan State, Syracuse, West Virginia and others, Morgan is a hot commodity.

As a junior, he tallied ten sacks as a junior and was named first team All-League. He was also selected as the most outstanding defensive lineman in his league, and Morgan was named first team All-Area and second team All-Southeastern PA by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Because Morgan's recruitment has exploded, NC State certainly helped its chances by getting him on campus this summer. When you look deeper, it seems like the Wolfpack has a few local ties in their favor.

"My defensive backs coach, Larry Austin, he played at NC State, and he said they really look out for you down there," said Morgan. "I went down with him for the week. My superintendent knows coach Amato and coach Williams too."

Morgan had a camp scheduled with Penn State, but it seems like he is leaning towards not making the trip to Happy Valley.

"I was going to go to Penn State, but I don't think I'm going to take that now," he said. "It was going to kind of be back-to-back with this camp, but I don't think I'm going to go.

"I'm going to Ohio State on July 1st and Boston College on July 8th."

Morgan who is already fully qualified, is in no hurry to make a decision. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect wants to take a few official visits before announcing a decision.

"As of right now I'll probably take all of my official visits."


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