Q&A with Robert Morgan
Take me through how and when you first started hearing from UNC. And how was the official visit set up?
“About two weeks ago, I started hearing from Coach [Rod] Ojong, the defensive back graduate assistant. And then about a couple of days later, I started talking to Coach [Charlton] Warren. He just expressed that they’re interested in me and that they wanted to take a junior college guy and they had three guys on the board and I was the top one. He said that he wanted me to be the guy. We ended up setting up an [official] visit this past Monday. And then I came up this past weekend.”
How did the visit go?
“The visit was great. I loved it out there. It was definitely a home atmosphere. I was very comfortable out there. The players were cool guys.
“Most importantly, though, the education of the school itself – it’s just a great institution to get a degree from. It’s an institution where you can go anywhere in the country and a degree from North Carolina is going to hold some weight.
“And also, being a junior college guy, so I only have two years left. So wherever I went, I had to at least have a fair opportunity from the coaches to at least see the field. And [the UNC coaches] said I would have an opportunity due to the short amount of time that I have at the university.”
Did UNC offer you on or before the visit?
“They offered me on the visit.”
When they offered you, did you immediately accept?
“Yes. For me the biggest factor was a mix of great education with a chance to play as soon as a step on the field. And [UNC] was the perfect opportunity for me. It was perfect the way it was lined up and set up.
“And once I started talking to them, it got legit and I liked them. And when they told me that they wanted to bring me in for a visit I kind of knew in my head that this might be the place for me just by looking up certain information online on the school and talking to Coach Warren about the opportunity to play and earn a spot. I kind of figured in my mind that if the offer did come the weekend of the visit, this was going to be the right school for me.”
What impact did your relationship with Coach Warren have?
“Coach Warren is a great guy. From the moment when I first started talking to him I could feel his intensity. And the thing that caught me the most is he actually cares about the person; he doesn’t just care about the player. He cares about the person that you are on and off the field. He cares about the grades, he cares about the attitude, [and] he cares about the little things. It was like what a father would do.
“To have that relationship with your coach, you know that he’s always going to be on you. And he’s not just going to be on you just because – he’s going to be on you because he wants you to do the right things and to be a great person, a great athlete, and a great football player.”
Could you summarize your official visit?
“I got there Thursday night. And then Friday I toured the facility – the weight room, the academic center. I want to major in business, so we also visited the business center. I saw the training room and just the regular stuff that you always see. I saw the field.
“On Saturday, I got a chance to watch the scrimmage. It was fun. It was raining a little bit, but it was just a great experience to see what I’ll be stepping into competition level, the intensity of the practice. It was a real great experience – something I will never forget and looking forward to joining in the summer.”
Who was your player host?
“They called him ‘Big Sweet’ [William Sweet]. He’s a great guy. He’s a very personable guy. They call him the mayor of campus, because everybody knows him – literally everybody. He said he’s a freshman and he red-shirted last year, but everybody still knows him.”
Can you give a brief history on your playing career?
“I’m from Los Angeles, Calif. – born and raised. Freshman year, I went to Narboone High School. I had a great year there, loved it there, and then I ended up receiving an opportunity to go to a private school, [Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian], a little bit out of my region. It was a struggle – I used to wake up at 5 in the morning just to get to school – but it was definitely worth it.
“Coming out, I had two offers. I had an offer from New Mexico State and Montana State. I just didn’t feel like either was right for me. I didn’t have enough contact with Montana State and New Mexico State brought in a new coaching staff. So, I decided to go to junior college to develop as a player and a person.
“I spent two years at Pasadena City [Junior College] and here I am now.”
What were your stats at Pasadena City?
“The first season, I had 25 tackles, two picks, and eight pass breakups.
“This year, the first four games I had 15 tackles, three picks, and eight pass breakups, as well. And then I ended up missing a long period of time with a high ankle sprain. I got hurt the first drive of the fourth game and missed the next four. I played the last game.”
When will you enroll at UNC?
“The second summer semester. So I’ll be out there in June. I’ll come with the rest of the freshman.”
Where are you academically as far as clearing UNC’s admissions?
“I’m good to go. I just have to take a sociology class. I have a 3.4 [GPA] all throughout college, so I’m good.”
When will you take the sociology class?
“It’s a late start class, so I’ll start that this month.”