Morgan, Mother Plan Official Visit Strategy

Canton (Ohio) McKinley basketball standout Raymar Morgan visited Michigan this past weekend. He and his mother reflect on that visit. They also discuss the strategy they are using in making his college choice as well as Morgan's visit this coming weekend to Ohio State. Click here for more.

Canton (Ohio) McKinley basketball standout Raymar Morgan made his first official of the fall to Michigan this past weekend.

The 6-7 Morgan will also make visits over the next three weekends to Ohio State, Connecticut and Michigan State.

Morgan is ranked as the nation's No. 28 senior prospect. He is listed as Ohio's No. 3 senior behind only OSU verbals Daequan Cook and David Lighty. If he would verbal to OSU, Morgan would give OSU a five-man class with every player in the national top 30.

In an interview with, Morgan reflected on his visit to Michigan.

"The visit went well," Morgan told "I pretty much just went around campus when I got there. They took me on a tour and I thought it was really nice. I didn't get to play or anything. I did hang out with Dion Harris, Courtney Sims and Daniel Horton, though.

"Everybody seems to get along with each other very well, which is good. Coach (Tommy) Amaker talked to me a lot about where he thought I would play if I came there. He said he would use me as a three."

Morgan's mother, Carole, also went into the visit with some key criteria of her own. One particular aspect of the visit, (and every other one for that matter), is more important to her than any other.

"We went to a pep rally, met the president, and met the academic advisor," Ms Morgan recalled. "We also talked to Coach Amaker about what his hopes are for Raymar and what he would like for him to do for his team. The thing I'm looking for, really, is the academic program. How do they go about making sure the students get their work done on time and make sure that they are going to class? Really that is what is most important to me.

"Raymar is not really in a rush," Ms. Morgan said regarding when he would decide. "He wants to visit. He wants to hear what they have to say. That's why we're taking these visits. I really think it will come down to who he feels is the most genuine."

A Tiring Process

Being a parent is no easy task. If you've changed a dirty diaper, rode in the car for three hours with a screaming child, or prepared your kid for the dating game, you certainly don't disagree.

However, try balancing those same tasks and throw in the added responsibilities of phone calls, media requests, coaching conversations, films, weight room workouts and college visits on top of your typical high school routine. That's just a little of what's facing Carole Morgan right now.

And she's buckling under the pressure. She has her hands full with figuring out what's best for her son. One thing is clear: she simply is ready for it to end soon.

"Yes I am ready," Morgan told prior to the UM trip. "I'm definitely ready."

So here's the catch…they're ready, but they're not.

For several months, it had been Michigan State and Ohio State as 1-A and 1-B in Morgan's recruitment. Michigan State emerged recently as an admitted leader from the mouths of the family, despite a scholarship offer from homestate OSU in early July that more than tempted both Morgan and her son.

However, if the waters could get any murkier and muddier, she wouldn't have guessed. Now, Michigan and Connecticut have entered the picture.

An emphatic mother now says that everything is up for grabs on these next four visits.

"These are very important to us. We're really just looking at the schools very carefully and choosing the one that best fits him," Morgan said. "I want him to be happy. I want him to enjoy his senior year and let him have an enjoyable one."

Morgan scored nearly 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds a game last season in helping to lead the Bulldogs to a 27-1 record. This spring and summer for the King James Shooting Stars AAU team, he thrived on a successful squad, silencing any remaining critics as to his perimeter play.

That continued at the Nike All-American Camp in July in Indianapolis, when Morgan was considered one of the best players in the entire camp with tremendous all-around play.

Ohio State previously told Morgan that if they liked what they saw from his perimeter game and rebounding after they saw more of him in the summer, they would offer. The day after returning home from Indianapolis, coach Thad Matta gave him the scholarship offer he was waiting on.

At the time, based on impulse alone, he may have been ready to jump on the offer and join the four-man recruiting class that consists of Ohio seniors-to-be Daequan Cook and David Lighty, as well as Indianapolis Lawrence North stars Mike Conley and Greg Oden.

But committed to a plan of taking visits and considering all their options, the Morgans waited patiently. That's where these visits will come in.

"We are really looking for the academics and the academic programs," the mother said of what she specifically wants to see on the visits beginning this weekend. "We are also looking for how he fits into different programs. Also, finding the most sincere coach will be a big thing."

Michigan State has recruited Morgan steadily as a wing, while Ohio State has recruited him as a three or four. Now many recruiting analysts are wondering how, if any, the commitment of 6-6 wing Isaiah Dahlman of Braham, Minn., to Michigan State will impact Morgan's selection.

While both the Spartans and Buckeyes have been the center of attention since last season, quietly Michigan and most recently Connecticut have crept into the equation and become legitimate contenders.

Morgan and her son have been helped through the process by the family of Eric Snow, longtime friends of the family and family of the Michigan State alum who has played for Cleveland, Philadelphia and Seattle in the NBA.

"They have been a big help, as well as his father and my nephew," she said of the relationship and the advice with the entire process.

She is welcome of all advice. Heading into her visit to Ohio State next weekend, she still has many questions to ask Matta and his staff that she has reservations about.

"Well, I really don't know what I think of Ohio State right now," she explained. "At first, I was kind of excited about them when they offered and everything. But now … I don't know, now it's Raymar's decision and me, I'm just going to give him my input. But I'm more or less praying that he sees the whole picture and makes the right choice. It's just been different things being said by different people coming back to me and I'll be interested in going down here (to Ohio State next week) and seeing what they (Ohio State) say to us about things.

"I don't know if he's on the same page or not, but I really want him to make his own decision," she added of her son's preference.

So although Michigan State has been considered the leader for a couple of months, those close to the situation -- including Morgan herself wouldn't be quite so eager to shortchange the importance of the visits.

They are going to ask the questions and get the answers.

"We're going with an open mind, and we want the visits to decide what's best for Raymar," she said.

Those close to the situation would concur. And now, it's anyone's guess what will happen, although Michigan State appears to still have an edge.

But the family has to be excited to finally see for themselves what the coaches have been telling them for months, and stack things up so they can make an educated decision, right?

"Yes, and get it over with, too," Mrs. Morgan added without hesitation.

Click the link below to reach Morgan's bio page. There are links to two video clips there, including highlights from Morgan's play in the state championship game.

Raymar Morgan Bio Page

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