ATH Rahkeem Morgan from Asheville (NC) High School has landed an offer from Marshall but enters his senior season with the hopes of earning even more. A versatile athlete, Morgan is especially interested in a couple of in-state programs.
At 6-1, 175 pounds, Morgan starred at quarterback for Asheville last year- finishing off the season with 1,800 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns en route to all-conference and all-region honors. With 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, the rising senior says he could ultimately end up on either side of the ball once he gets to college.
"I really like playing receiver because I feel like I'm a play-maker and I can make things happen when I've got the ball in my hands," he said. "But I also like hitting people so I wouldn't mind playing defense either. Really, where ever I can get on the field is okay with me."
In addition to the early offer from Marshall, Morgan is also entertaining interest from NC State, UNC, Clemson, Buffalo, Illinois and Colorado. He missed out on camps at State and Carolina this summer because of a prior commitment to camp at Marshall. Still, Morgan is looking heavily at the Heels and Pack.
"I've been liking State for a while," said Morgan. "They were the first school to start recruiting me and kind of gave me my first taste of college. They've been telling me all the things I need to do and I know they've had a good history recently for putting defensive backs in the NFL. At first, they were talking about wide receiver but I think they like me more as a defensive back now.
"With UNC, I like the way they let their DB's make plays and use their talents. If they moved me to wide receiver, I like the way they run a balanced offense which would let me make plays."
In addition to UNC and NC State, Morgan added that he's got heavy interest in Buffalo as well.
"I like the fact with Buffalo that they really make me feel like I'm going to be one of their big-time recruits."
Morgan says playing time could be a factor in his collegiate decision but that will only be part of several things he'll be considering.
"Playing time is a big part of it," he said. "However, if I redshirt and it helps to make me a better player then I'm fine with that. I also want to go to a school that's not too far and that's the good thing about State and Carolina. Both of them are pretty close and I've got family in that area. I'm also looking for a school that has my major. I'm planning to major in Computer Information Systems or Sports Management."