Raising Eyebrows

Most prospects in the class of 2012 are spending the summer going to various camps, trying to catch the eye of college coaches in the hopes of attracting some scholarship offers. That hasn't been a problem thus far for Wayne Morgan from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn.

Indeed, the soon-to-be junior already claims to hold offers from some big-name programs, including Maryland, Miami, Penn State and Rutgers. He says he has been in contact with Lane Kiffin and the new coaching staff at USC as well.

But that doesn't mean the 5-foot-11, 191-pounder is resting on his laurels. He was already taking part in his second scouting combine of the summer when he spent the weekend in Morgantown, W.Va., at the 2010 SportsWeave All-American Football Skills Academy.



Wayne Morgan
"I'm just trying to get better as I go on, go to every camp I can go to," said Morgan. "I enjoy it a lot. It's fun. I like to compete with people from all around the country."

That's an attitude his early suiters must have grown attached to. While many of the younger players at the combine, held at University High School, had been in contact with several schools, few actually held offers.

But Morgan not only holds the aforementioned offers -- he actually has already been able to take an unofficial visit to a Penn State, having attended a similar event there last month.

"It was good," he said. "We were driving around, seeing the facilities and the stadium, and it was good. I was in the weight room too."

The defensive back, coached by Danny Landberg at Erasmus Hall, isn't stopping at just one visit this offseason.

He planned to tour the facilities at West Virginia (which has been in contact with Landberg about Morgan, according to the player) after concluding his workouts at the combine, and said he will visit Miami in June.

And while it's still extremely early in the recruiting process, Morgan said he does have a pair of early leaders for his services.

"It's Penn State or Miami right now," he said. "When I was growing up, I always liked Penn State and Miami. Those were always like my dream schools growing up."

But that doesn't mean Morgan (who, according to one observer, may have "the best tape out of New York City in 20 years") will limit his options. That's why he continues to take the summer to attend camps like the one in Morgantown.

"I just (want) to get faster and stronger going into the season and get better," he said. "It gives me exposure when I go to stuff like this and do good. So it's good for me, and I get more looks."


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