There are few things New Canaan (CT) St. Luke's junior Jacob Morgenstern can’t do on the football field. An athlete in the truest sense of the word, the 6-3, 210-pound Morgenstern isn’t afraid to line up at wide receiver, running back/fullback, safety or outside linebacker at any given time and make an impact on the field.
“My coaches wanted to take advantage of my size at an array of different positions,” Morgenstern said. “At different times they felt it would be good to plug me in at different positions to show teams different looks. I feel it worked really well this year. I feel like I made huge strides on the defensive side of the ball.
Throw in the bloodlines of his older brother playing two years of football at Colgate, it’s likely a reason why so many college coaching staffs have already taken notice of him.
Holding offers from Boston College, Buffalo, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Temple and Yale, Morgenstern had trouble containing his excitement when he received his scholarship offer from the University of Wisconsin Wednesday.
“Should I start with the football or the school itself?” Morgenstern said when asked why he was so excited about the Badgers. “It’s an incredible school. I know that much. I looked it up on Forbes. It’s one of the top schools in the country. On the football side they are always ranked top25. They had a Heisman candidate last year. What more can you really ask for from a school? They’re the best of both worlds, they do it well and they do it right.”
The offer didn’t come out of the blue either. After being contacted by tight end coach Mickey Turner last week, Turner reached out to both Morgenstern and his father in the morning before officially extending the offer. Turner also arranged for head coach Paul Chryst to tell Morgenstern’s father how much the Badgers loved his son’s film.
“(Turner) told me a little bit about the school and how you get the best at Wisconsin,” said Morgenstern. “He was really genuine. They said they watched my film as a staff and were really excited about the opportunity to have me down there. He told me they can see me on the offensive or the defensive side of the football. Hearing that was really an amazing feeling.”
Although he says he’s fallen in love with playing the safety position, Morgenstern is open to any position in college. Boston College is recruiting him as a tight end or linebacker and several other schools feel Morgenstern can be plugged into several positions and can excel.
"I’ve worked my tail off,” Morgenstern said. “I feel that’s one of the reasons why I am where I am today…Having that ability makes it a little bit easier for me to find schools and for schools to find interest in me and a use for me. That’s really what it’s all about. I have been very lucky and fortunate.”
After visiting Penn last weekend, Morgenstern is visiting Boston College next weekend and either Princeton or Yale the following weekend before baseball season, where he plays outfield. He also plans to visit Wisconsin in the summer or during his spring schedule.
“When I make my visits, I want to see if I can envisioned myself at the place for the next four years,” Morgenstern said. “I want to make visits to places that are great schools that have great football, great people and a nice campus.”