Morgan Still Has One Team at the Top

Garner (NC) versatile athlete Tony Morgan is one of the top overall prospects in the Tar Heel State's class of 2008 this year, and despite claiming offers from an impressive list of schools, the exciting playmaker has maintained one team atop his list of favorites for the past several months. Read inside for more.

The 6'0", 190 pound Morgan, who could play either cornerback or running back on the college level, holds offers from major programs like South Carolina, North Carolina, Clemson and East Carolina, but according to Morgan, the Gamecocks are still the clear team to beat in the race for his services.

"South Carolina is still at the top," said Morgan. "I just like how Steve Spurrier has gone down there and made changes. He's rebuilding that program, and he's going to be upfront with you. If you want to play a position that you think you can play best at, they aren't going to lie to you. They've got a real good coaching staff. The players connect real well with the coaches, and the atmosphere down there is great. I know a lot of players that are going down there, and I think I can be a factor down there at South Carolina too."

Morgan has remained in close contact with his USC recruiter, Coach Brad Lawing, and he says that the Gamecocks are emphasizing how they need players like him and his teammate, Reggie Bowens, to come to Columbia in order to truly take their program to the next level.

"He's told me how they want me really bad, and how they want me to come to South Carolina. Since they've already offered me, he's doing his best to get me to go ahead and commit to them. He says they need players like me and Reggie to come down there and help change things around."

Former Garner standout Chris Culliver, who signed with USC in February, is good friends with Morgan, and Morgan likes the idea of playing together with his former teammate again at the next level.

"Yeah, Chris is a big factor in this too. He's an awesome player, and I wouldn't mind playing with him again at the next level. That'd be really good too."

According to Morgan, who runs a 4.4 second forty yard dash, another factor that may play into his decision is the opportunity to play with Bowens in college.

"Yeah, we have talked about it. We're trying to settle things down and then talk one on one about colleges that we think we could both see ourselves playing at together. We've definitely talked about that possibility."

While the Gamecocks are currently the team to beat in the race for Morgan's services, he does not plan to make a commitment until after his senior season.

"I'm going to try to wait this thing out throughout my senior year to see if I get any more offers that might change things around on my list. I just want to wait it out until after my senior year and then make my decision."

Morgan played mostly defense as a junior, racking up 83 tackles, five tackles for loss, and three interceptions, but he will see more time on offense as a senior. Morgan, who was on hand for UNC's spring game two weekends ago, said he has a visit to NC State set for next week, and he plans to attend summer camps at South Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, and East Carolina.

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