Morgan and his mates

D.J. Morgan from Woodland Hills Taft ended the recruiting process early so he could focus on football and his busy track schedule, and despite his demanding track obligations, he has still recently enjoyed opportunities to spend time with a few fellow Trojan commits, and a few others who have extremely high interest in USC.

Morgan talked about some of the relationships he has with some fellow elite prospects in southern California.

"Me and Lucky Radley grew up playing Pop Warner together, so we were already pretty much friends," said Morgan. "Dillon Baxter was a (USC) commit and I was a commit, so we became friends and he was already close friends with Tony Jefferson. So, we are all pinned together and we've already been friends. Dietrich Riley lives out here and we always see each other at camps and stuff, and I actually met him at my first high school camp, which was the USC camp, and we were both put at running backs together. Ever since then, we've just been friends since ninth grade."

In a previous interview with Dillon Baxter, who committed after the 2008 Rising Stars Camp, he stated that Pete Carroll asked him to take on a role in aiding USC's recruiting efforts. We asked Morgan if he has taken on a similar role?

"I'm actually trying to get Demetrius (Wright) to commit and I've been talking to him about it, and he's pretty much the only one I've communicated with who SC has offered," said Morgan. "I was really happy when Trajuan (Briggs) committed because he and I have been pretty much cousins since junior high. Our parents knew each other since we were born. We've been on the same track team and were on a world record team when we were nine or 10 years old. So, Trajuan and I grew up together. We have been close friends forever."

Although USC has three verbal commitments from running backs, they all offer their own unique abilities to an offense.

"Trajuan is more of a power back and I think Dillon and I are similar, but he might be more of slot guy," said Morgan when asked about the different aspects the three USC running back commits add to the future of the team. "I can pretty do much both. I can run through the tackles and I can catch the ball, too."

We saw Morgan work out as a wide receiver at a B2G workout at USC earlier this year and seemed as if he was a natural pass catcher and ran great routes. He gave 2009 USC commit, Byron Moore, all he could handle in a couple of one-on-one drills. And Moore has extremely solid pass cover skills.

"I just try to work on every aspect of my game and I run routes as if I'm a receiver when I run my routes," said Morgan. "I think I can be a threat running the ball and catching the ball. I try to be diverse."

As much as he'd like to have an opportunity to attend the June 24-25 Rising Stars Camp at USC, Morgan's track schedule won't allow him to participate in any football related activities until late in the summer, and possibly not until the fall.

"I think track is going to take up too much of my time," said Morgan when asked if he would attend the USC Rising Stars Camp. "I'm supposed to be running in Michigan for an opportunity to run in what is basically the Junior Olympic Team for kids 17 and under. I think that's the same time as the Rising Stars Camp. I'm not sure of the dates, but it will be late June."

Considering Morgan is such a highly ranked track athlete in his age group, one would assume he would compete on the USC track team. But that's not the case.

"I'm not sure, yet, if I‘ll compete in track at SC, because I'm not sure how demanding football will be," said Morgan when asked if he would be a dual-athlete at USC. "If I get in the rotation my first year (football), I'll probably come out for the track team late in the season instead of the beginning. Me being a football commit has to make that No. 1"

We will continue to update our subscribers on Morgan's track accomplishments and will talk to him again in the upcoming weeks.


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