Morgan On Road to Recovery

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DaJuan Morgan, star prospect for Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach, Florida, got off to a sizzling start to the recruiting process, dazzling coaches at the Miami (FL) Nike Combine held in April.

There, the 6-2, 190 pound Morgan displayed the speed that has him receiving interest from schools all across the country.

“He was clocked at a 4.27 in the 40 yard dash at the Miami Nike Combine,” said Riviera Beach head coach Jimmie Bell. “I compare DaJuan to a player we had about 25 years ago – Anthony Carter, who played wide receiver for Michigan and in the NFL. He’s that caliber of player. He’s tremendous in open space.”

More than just a physical talent, Morgan is the heart and soul of his team. He demonstrated his character this summer, when he was involved in a car accident and suffered a dislocated right hip.

He is unable to play and may be out for the season. Like a true leader, he stays strong for his teammates.

“He has meant a great deal to our team,” said Bell. “Before the accident, he had hurt his ankle and could not practice. But he was still out there giving other players water and helping his teammates. He cares for others, and that’s what makes him special. That’s why I’ve grown so close to him. Now, he will try and make at least two practices per week when he’s not rehabilitating his hip. He’s there for every game, and has really been involved with the team.”

Morgan’s accident has not deterred any colleges from heavily recruiting him. Coach Bell expects his star to return to full health, and doctors have indicated that he is “way ahead of schedule.”

He has received offers from Florida, NC State, Oklahoman, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Georgia. Morgan is being recruited by Florida State as well, but they have not yet offered.

These schools comprise his list of favorites. Only one is at the top.

“I’ve set two official visits, and I want to take all five,” said Morgan. “I’m going to Virginia Tech on November 4th and NC State on December 6th. I’ll make my decision based on my relationship with the coaches and how they run their program. I want to be comfortable and I want to know that if I got hurt again, that my scholarship would still be there.

“Florida is at the top of my list.”

Most schools are recruiting Morgan as an athlete, with visions of Charles Woodson and current Ohio State two-way