Cali safety plans summer visit

Three-star safety D.J. Morgan has drawn interest from Notre Dame and has a summer visit scheduled. The Bellflower, Calif., prospect also has a tie to the Irish as he is second cousins with former Notre Dame standout basketball player Skylar Diggins.

With last month’s departure of assistant coach Matt LaFleur to the Atlanta Falcons, three-star safety D.J. Morgan is in a holding pattern with Notre Dame.

LaFleur had visited St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., to check on the 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect and hinted that an offer could be in the works. With LaFleur out, Notre Dame receivers coach Mike Denbrock has taken over Morgan’s recruitment.

“(LaFleur) was my main contact with Notre Dame,” Morgan said. “He said he liked me a lot. Actually, one of the last times I talked to him when he was at Bosco, he told me if it was up to him he’d offer me right on the spot. He had to make a couple calls to make sure it’s alright with the head coach to send that offer along.”

Denbrock has since followed Morgan on Twitter but the two have yet to speak.

At a minimum, Morgan plans to meet Notre Dame’s staff in June when he treks to South Bend. He’ll compete in a 7-on-7 tournament in Chicago then and expects to use that event as a way to see Notre Dame too.

Morgan’s second cousin is former Irish basketball All-American Skylar Diggins.

“It’s a great program,” he said. “The name itself stands for something. They’ll have a big impact in recruiting for me.”

Arizona State, California, Colorado State, Utah and Vanderbilt already have offered. Washington, Washington State and Colorado are among the other schools showing interest.

Morgan has already visited ASU and Cal. He plans to return later this spring.

“I got to check out Arizona State during the season. I took an unofficial visit to watch them play Notre Dame,” he said. “I went down to Cal about two weeks ago and I should be going back up to Cal in May or April, one of the two. I’ll be in Arizona again for the spring game on April 10.”

The Sun Devils and Golden Bears are among Morgan’s early favorites.

“They made a huge impact, especially for my family,” Morgan said. “My parents love both schools so far. I got to visit Arizona State first and they loved it. At Cal it was the same thing. It’s going to be a tough decision. “

As a junior, Morgan racked up 112 tackles, broke up three passes and picked off another. He also recovered two fumbles.

“I’m able to learn fast, very fast and I’m pretty much coachable,” he said. “That’s the big thing with me. Whatever a coach wants I can do it for them.”

On Sunday, Morgan put his skills to the test in the Los Angeles Nike Camp, where he went head-to-head with some of the top wide receivers in the country.

“It went really good,” he said. “It was a good experience going against some good athletes out there with receivers like Tyler Vaughn and Trevon Sidney from Bishop Amat. There was good talent out there. They’re competitors, true dawgs. Tyler Vaughns, all he did was make big plays going down the field deep and Trevon Sydney being able to play offense and defense, that’s a true athlete right there.”

Scout.com ranks Morgan as the 21st best safety in the country.


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