Irish offer won’t sway Morgan

Notre Dame offered three-star safety D.J. Morgan on Tuesday, but the Irish were too late. Morgan committed to Arizona State last week, and despite having a family connection to the Irish, the West Coast safety will stick with the Sun Devils.

Notre Dame coaches Mike Denbrock and Brian VanGorder visited St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., on Tuesday and left a scholarship offer for three-star safety D.J. Morgan.

Had that offer come a week earlier, Morgan likely would have jumped at the opportunity to play for the Irish and follow in the footsteps of his cousin Skylar Diggins, who led the Irish women’s basketball team to the Final Four in three straight seasons from 2011-2013.

Instead, Morgan plans to stand behind the commitment he gave to Arizona State on May 20.

“It’s a big offer to have just with the history behind Notre Dame and also with my cousin Skylar going there and having family in South Bend,” said Morgan, a 6-foot-2, 205 pounder. “It’s a big offer but I’m pretty set on ASU though even though Notre Dame offered me.”

The Irish had shown early interest in Morgan with former quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur handling the recruitment. Once LaFleur left for a job with the Atlanta Falcons the Irish’s presence in Southern California nearly disappeared.

Denbrock and VanGorder hoped to rectify that situation with an offer but it came about a week too late.

“They apologized for not really late offering but before coach Denbrock wasn’t the recruiter for Southern California. It was coach LaFleur and now he’s gone, so pretty much they apologized for that whole changeover and just not really communicating with me,” Morgan said. “I was in touch with coach LaFleur but once he left there was no contact between me and Notre Dame. They apologized for that and coach Denbrock said they should have reached out. He apologized for that and he offered me.”

Morgan visited Notre Dame back in April during a 7-on-7 tournament outside Chicago. Morgan saw much of the campus and even talked with the Irish coaching staff.

He liked what he saw from Notre Dame, but Arizona State offered a clearer recruiting approach.

“Me and my family, when I got my first offer we came to a conclusion that I choose a school that wanted me as much as I wanted them,” Morgan said. “That was ASU throughout the time from when they offered me until now. They never changed as far as contact and I have a good relationship with the coaches.”

Arizona State’s depth chart also appealed to Morgan.

“I have family out there in Arizona and they lose six DBs to graduation and one of them is Jordan Simone, who is a starter right now,” Morgan said. “That will give me a chance to come in and play early due to the fact that we run a lot of their stuff at Bosco. “ ranks Morgan as the 43rd best safety in the country. Top Stories