Morgan Verbals To Michigan State

Canton McKinley's Raymar Morgan ended the suspense on Sunday by committing to Michigan State. Morgan, the nation's No. 28 basketball prospect, picked the Spartans over Ohio State and Michigan. Click here for more.

Ohio's top remaining senior in the 2006 recruiting class is off the board. Canton McKinley's Raymar Morgan returned home this evening from his official visit to Michigan State and issued a verbal commitment.

"I did commit before I left," Morgan told Bucknuts Sunday evening. "I think it was (a spur of the moment kind of thing). It was so exciting and it made so much sense, I just decided to go ahead and commit, but I don't think I had planned on it."

Morgan chose Michigan State over Ohio State and Michigan. He visited those two campuses on consecutive weekends in September.

Michigan State had been in on Morgan for a long time, giving them a firm grasp on's No. 28-ranked player. Morgan averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds last year as a junior as McKinley won the Division I state championship.

The last couple of weeks, Morgan said he was real close to becoming a Buckeye. But in the end, Michigan State made the most sense for him.

"Michigan State was always there, but I did have thoughts about going there (to Ohio State) instead and stay close to home," he explained. "Once the visit was made, I just decided to do it and live with my decision."

He elaborated on some of the things Michigan State brings to the table for him.

"Basically everything just fit in real well," Morgan said. "I have a chance to get some playing time there as a freshman, and all the guys were real cool and everything fit for me."

In addition, Morgan added that four Final Fours in seven years was a big plus in the upside category for the Spartans.

Morgan becomes the second member of the 2006 recruiting class for Michigan State, joining Isaiah Dahlman of Minnesota.

Ohio State, meanwhile, has five commitments in the current class, including last week's latest verbal Othello Hunter. Hunter is a 6-9 junior college power forward/center from Hillsborough Community College. It's expected that Ohio State will now turn their focus to a JUCO wing as a possible sixth player in the 2006 class.

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