Morgan's Specialties: Football, Volunteering

Rutgers has been recruiting Franklin High (Somerset, N.J.) running back Kye Morgan for a while, and coach Greg Schiano spoke with him after a practice in the spring. But Morgan already knows plenty about Rutgers and New Brunswick, N.J., and not because he goes to school 10 minutes from the campus. In addition to being a really good football player, Morgan also volunteers his time in the community.

Class of 2012 Franklin High (Somerset, N.J.) standout running back Kye Morgan already attended plenty of Rutgers games, and not because he can latch onto a few freebie passes as a high-level recruit.

He goes as a mentor as part of his community work with local kids so they can get exposure to college.

And while Morgan's on-field exploits give him plenty of notoriety, it is very easy for him to stay grounded. In addition to working with kids, he volunteers at Elijah's Promise soup kitchen in New Brunswick, N.J.

"It makes you feel good," Morgan said. "It can be tough (seeing people struggle), but it makes you feel good because you're doing something."

His character is something emblematic of Rutgers' football program, and is athletic talent could be as well.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Morgan rushed for 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore, and is high on Rutgers' radar. He visited a Scarlet Knights spring practice, and spoke to coach Greg Schiano at its conclusion.

"I learned a lot," Morgan said. "The practices are a lot faster compared to our practices. It's a fast pace and different drills that I've never seen before. There were a lot of drills I never saw, but it was cool."

Morgan was supposed to join some of his teammates, including receiver Carlton Agudosi, at Rutgers camp last month, but a scratched cornea sustained in a 7-on-7 tournament a few days earlier knocked him out of the event.

"I couldn't participate," Morgan said. "It only took a few days, but it happened right before the camp, two days before, and I couldn't practice or anything."

Morgan added "my favorite school is Miami, and then Rutgers," but acknowledged much more has to take shape in his recruiting before he gets serious about a school.

A number of schools are sending him information, but he is letting his family and the Franklin High coaching staff handle his recruiting for now.

On the field, though, Morgan is comfortable in pro-style and spread offenses.

"I want to go somewhere that fits me," Morgan said. "I'm versatile. I could do both so it really doesn't matter if it's two backs or a spread. My first year of varsity we had a two-back, and then last year we had a spread. I did well in both. I kind of like the spread, but it really doesn't matter."


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