After a 67-7 win on Friday night, three-star safety D.J. Morgan hopped a red-eye flight to South Bend eager to learn more about the Notre Dame football program and the university as a whole during his weekend official visit.
He wasn’t disappointed.
“Everything went great,” said Morgan, a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder from Bellflower, Calif. “It was definitely what I expected plus more.”
Morgan, the cousin of former Irish standout basketball player Skylar Diggins, arrived in South Bend just after 6 a.m. on Saturday and spent a couple of hours at the hotel preparing for the long day ahead.
He checked in at the Guglielmino Athletic Center around 11 and met several of the other visiting prospects.
“We met our host,” Morgan said. “She was really cool and showed us around. I hung out with Demetris (Robertson) and Melquise Stovall. That was cool.”
“They pretty much told me it’s a no-brainer choosing Notre Dame,” Morgan said. “They said it’s the best of both worlds. They have a great football program and the academics too.”
Morgan was impressed with Notre Dame’s 38-3 win over Texas.
“I definitely thought Notre Dame did a great job,” he said. “They dominated the whole game. There was no question about who was going to win. They took control from play one.”
Notre Dame’s defensive backs were particularly impressive.
“I was watching the DBs and the game as a whole, just getting a feel for the atmosphere,” Morgan said. “The DBs did a really good job. They were flying around and breaking up passes.”
After the game, Morgan joined the Irish in their victory celebration.
“That was a great experience to be around the team and to listen to coach (Brian) Kelly talk to the team,” he said. “He pretty much told them they did a great job but they have to get back to work and get ready for Virginia.”
Morgan spent Sunday getting acquainted with the Irish coaching staff. He talked with Todd Lyght, Mike Elston, Mike Denbrock, Brian VanGorder and of course Kelly.
“The coaches all asked me how my game was and they talked to me about how I fit into the program,” Morgan said. “They want me at strong safety and also with my body type and size I have the ability to come down and play in the box. If I get a little bigger I could play linebacker. I’m definitely open to all that.”
Morgan, a one-time Arizona State commitment, left South Bend with plenty to think about regarding his future. As the recruiting process nears its end it seems Notre Dame is moving to the top of Morgan’s short list.
“It’s the combination of the great education and degree you get from Notre Dame and the football program,” he said. “They’re losing a few safeties next year so that definitely interests me.”