Morgan Discusses OSU Offer

Canton McKinley forward Raymar Morgan is the latest player to receive a scholarship offer from Ohio State, but will he accept it and become the next member of the OSU recruiting class? Dave Biddle caught up with Morgan, who has a timetable in mind for when he will make his decision.

Canton McKinley power forward Raymar Morgan will likely wait until September to decide where he will play in college.

He was offered a scholarship by Ohio State last Sunday and will decide between OSU, Connecticut, Michigan and Michigan State.

"I am going to wait until after I take my visits," Morgan told "I think I am going to take all my visits in September and decide after that."

Morgan (6-8, 212) averaged 18.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as a junior and led McKinley to the Division I state championship.

He took his game to the next level this summer on the basketball camp circuit. At the And One team tournament in Philadelphia, Morgan was named MVP after scoring a game-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in McKinley's championship win over Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia.

Then, at the Nike camp in Indianapolis last week, Morgan was named an All-Star and scored 20 points in the showcase game. He impressed onlookers with his skill around the basket and his aggressiveness.

"Both camps went well, but I probably played better in Philadelphia," Morgan said.

Following the Nike camp, Morgan got the phone call he had been waiting for. Ohio State head coach Thad Matta ringed Sunday and extended an offer.

"Yeah, I thought they might offer after the camp," Morgan said. "In my mind, yeah, I was sort of prepared for it."

But Morgan admits that he would have liked to have the offer months ago.

"Yeah, that would have been nice," he said.

Morgan could become the fifth member of OSU's 2006 class - currently ranked as the No. 1 class in America. Matta already has verbal commitments from Daequan Cook, Mike Conley Jr., David Lighty and Greg Oden.

"It's a great class," Morgan said. "All of them are great players."

But Morgan says being a part of the nation's best class - possibly one of the best classes in college basketball history - is not important to him.

"It really doesn't matter," he said. "If I pick Ohio State, it won't be because of them. It would be good playing with them, but I don't know right now."

Morgan is ranked as the No. 33 player in the country by (up from No. 49). He says one thing he likes about Ohio State is the up-and-down style that Matta likes to use.

"They play similar to our style (at McKinley)," Morgan said. "They have the four out, one in, and they like to run."
Morgan reports a 3.5 GPA and took the ACT for the first time on June 11 (awaiting results).

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