Morgan weighing options

Notre Dame is in the market for a couple top defensive ends and's No. 17 rated defensive end, Derrick Morgan of Coatesville high school (Pa.) is a player they are pursuing. Irish fans haven't heard a lot about Morgan, but that may change over the next few weeks.

The Irish already have a commitment from defensive end Justin Trattou, but they are going to be thin along the defensive front the next few years. Derrick Morgan (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) has the size to play up front and the Irish staff spoke with him in May.

"Coach Latina was at my school in May and then I talked to him on the phone in late May," Morgan said of his contact with the Notre Dame staff. "He said that they were interested in me. He told me about the program and all that. I've been getting mail since then but that's about it.

"I don't know a lot about Notre Dame, but I know they have a real strong tradition. I know they have a good football team. I know coach Weis came from the Patriots."

Now that the Irish staff is back from vacation, they may look to contact Derrick. He already holds scholarship offers from Syracuse, Penn State, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Boston College, Ohio State, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Iowa, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, Connecticut, Temple, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati.

"Most coaches say they want to bring me in to sack the quarterback," Morgan explained. "Most of them say they're recruiting me at strong-side end. It doesn't matter which side I'm on though.

"Schools I've visited (Penn State, Pitt, Syracuse, N.C. State, and Boston College) have sat me down and shown me film of where I'd play."

If Notre Dame has intentions of offering Moran a scholarship, they will need to make a decision soon. He hasn't shut any school out at this time, but he is starting to formulate a preliminary final list of schools.

"I have about seven schools in mind that are competing for my top-five," Morgan explained. "I'm not ready to announce my top-five. I'm trying to get it set real soon. I'll take my visits to my top five during the season.

"I need to break them down to see where they stand with me. I'll sit down and list the pros and cons, what I like and don't like. I'll look at things like the coaches, players, the scheme of the defense, and the opportunity to play.

"Distance really isn't a factor," he said "I probably wouldn't go all the way out to California, but east of the Mississippi is fine." Top Stories