Morgan Enjoys Trip, Sets Date for Official

Penn State loaded up on the defensive front last year, but it is still in the running for the top defensive lineman in Pennsylvania this year. Derrick Morgan was in Happy Valley over the weekend on an official visit. We spoke to Morgan about the trip.

Derrick Morgan took time out of his hectic schedule over the weekend to take an unofficial visit to University Park. Morgan, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end from Coatesville, Pa., received the red-carpet treatment this time since he was the only prospect on campus.

“It was a real good visit,” Morgan said. “I got a better understanding of the campus. It was a lot more in-depth this time, since I was the only recruit there. I got a chance to eat lunch with a few of the defensive players but I can't remember the names.”

Morgan informed us that he is being recruited by Ron Vanderlinden, but he also had the chance to rub elbows with Larry Johnson and Joe Paterno.

“Coach Vandy was with us all day. I also met with Coach Johnson and Coach Paterno. We set my official visit for Oct. 14 when Penn State plays Michigan.”

Morgan had met the legendary Joe Paterno previously but the shock still has not left him.

“I met him before, but sitting in his office I was think this is Joe Paterno. It was kind of weird,” Morgan said.

“We went around campus. We saw the dorms. We then went around downtown State College. We toured the academic center and I had a chance to talk to an academic counselor and check out their communications program. We got to walk around the stadium and checked out the facilities.”

Morgan had a great trip and scheduled an official visit but he is not ready to proclaim anyone as a leader.

“I have seven schools that I am looking at right now,” Morgan explained. “Hopefully this week I'll narrow it down to five and schedule the rest of my visits.”

There has been some talk recently that Morgan will be the feature back for Coatesville this year and not play as big of a role on defense. The four-star defensive end quickly put that rumor to rest.

“I'm still considered a fullback but I'll get the majority of the carries. They're talking like 15-20 carries game. They had talked about me only playing third downs on defense, but I could care less about offense. I'll be playing defense. That many carries will wear me out playing both ways, so we'll see.”

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