ND ‘up there’ for 3-star safety

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. – Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco three-star safety D.J. Morgan has set a commitment date for next month. But a Notre Dame offer could alter his decision-making process after a recent visit.

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. – It took a recruiting trip for Skylar Diggins’ cousin, St. John Bosco three-star safety D.J. Morgan, to finally see where his family member excelled on the hardwood for four years.

But the wait was well worth it.

“It was cool to see where she played,” Morgan said. “To see that finally in person was awesome. Notre Dame is a beautiful campus.”

Morgan, who led his high school division in tackles by a defensive back as a junior with 120, was impressed by the prestige and tradition of Notre Dame during a Friday visit with his 7-on-7 team.

“We met with the coaches and they gave us a tour of everything,” Morgan said. “Then they gave us a presentation about how much exposure you get at Notre Dame with the history and NBC sponsorship.

“I also did a project not too long ago about Knute Rockne. We did a jazz age contribution project, so it was about how he pretty much invented the forward pass and it was cool to learn more about his history in person.”

Morgan is set to announce his commitment on May 20.

Schools in contention include Arizona State, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Utah and Vanderbilt.

Notre Dame would make that list with an offer.

“I got a chance to talk with Coach (Mike) Denbrock, and he talked to me about how they would be out to see me in two weeks,” Morgan said. “They will also be at our college day (May 14), which is when 50-60 schools check out our spring practice.

Morgan will get to showcase his coverage skills when Notre Dame visits.

“Pretty much they want to see how I do in man-to-man at corner and safety because last year I didn’t do too much,” Morgan said. “We do one-on-one’s all the time at Bosco in practice, so (Denbrock) will get to see that in person when he visits.”

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety admitted an Irish offer would be tough to turn down.

“They definitely would be up there,” Morgan said. “Would be tough to beat due to the history behind Notre Dame, and knowing that if I go to Notre Dame I will get a great education. I want to be a homicide detective after I graduate.”

Morgan has a tentative visit set for Nebraska on May 10.

Morgan is ranked as the No. 7 safety in California and No. 44 safety overall in the Class of 2016.


IrishIllustrated.com Top Stories