Morgan Had "Crazy" Time in Happy Valley

Penn State hit the proverbial mother lode last year when it reeled in talented defensive line prospects like Jared Odrick and Maurice Evans. Bringing in that type of talent has not stopped the Nittany Lions from pursuing the best front line defender in the Keystone State this year. As fate would have it, Odrick, played host to Derrick Morgan on his official visit.

Derrick Morgan of Coatesville, Pa., was in Happy Valley last weekend for his fourth of five official visits as Penn State took on fellow Big Ten powerhouse Michigan. Morgan and his Coatesville Red Raiders took on West Chester East Friday night, and afterward he and his family left for Happy Valley.

“We got there at like 4:00 a.m. and I got home today,” Morgan said Sunday. “It was a shorter visit, but we toured the school. I had a chance to check out their T.V. studio. I also got to meet with the Dean of Communications, because that is what I want to major in. We came back and then toured the football facilities.”

After his series of tours is when the real fun began for the nation's No. 13 rated defensive end.

“We rode the bus with the players to the stadium,” Morgan explained. “That was crazy. The fans were all out there yelling and patting the bus. The atmosphere was live.”

Michigan soundly defeated the Nittany Lions, but Morgan saw some light at the end of the tunnel.

“They played well,” he said. “Michigan was the No. 4 ranked team in the nation and they held their own. It's tough when you lose your starting quarterback.”

With so many young players on the Penn State front line, one would assume that Morgan could see early action in Happy Valley if that were to be the school of choice.

“Their defensive end's played pretty well,” Morgan said. “I think I could get some early time there.”

Morgan is not ready to announce a favorite,as that will have to wait until after his next and final official visit.

“Everyone is still equal until that last visit on Oct. 28,” he stated. “I will probably announce in November because I am going to graduate early. I have been to Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Miami, Penn State and the last one will be to Boston College.”


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