Athletic Wideout Chooses Hokies

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Virginia Tech continued to add talent and explosiveness to its wide receiving corps today, when Fork Union Military Academy star Josh Morgan verbally committed to Virginia Tech.

“Yes I committed to Virginia Tech,” Morgan said. “I feel Tech will give me the best chance to succeed academically and athletically. I can get a degree and I feel I’ll be able to do bigger things out on the football field. I’d been to Virginia Tech three times before and I liked it every time.”

Morgan will enroll in January 2004, saying “I’m actually just finishing filling out the papers right now.” The usual standard for Fork Union attendees is to complete the full year before enrolling in college. Morgan can leave early because he has paid his tuition in full for the year.

At 6-1, 200 pounds, Morgan is a tough, physically gifted wide receiver. He demonstrated his athleticism during the recent Fork Union combine, wowing potential recruiters from many Division I-A programs.

“At the workout recently, he was clocked at 4.30 in the 40 yard dash,” HD Woodson coach/recruiting coordinator Wayne Johnson said of Morgan. Morgan attended HD Woodson before going to FUMA. “I think that was both electronically and hand-timed. He ran a consistent 4.3 in the 40, with his worst time being 4.41. He did a 340 pound bench press, and he also showed a 41 inch vertical leap. He played some basketball during the combine, and he turned a lot of heads when he was putting on his dunking clinic. He’s a legit player.”

Coach Johnson believes his former player will be an instant success at Virginia Tech.

“He’s very coachable, and very bright,” Johnson said. “He’s going to make an immediate impact for them. The fans are going to love this kid because he’s a playmaker. He’s going to be a go-to guy for them.”

Following his season at Fork Union, Morgan began receiving heavy attention from all across the country. He earned scholarship offers from many Division I-A programs, including Virginia Tech, Maryland, Iowa, Connecticut, and North Carolina.

Morgan made official visits to Iowa, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Maryland.

“It was a real, real hard decision for Josh,” Johnson said. “He loved every school he visited. I saw where some schools thought he committed to them, but after each visit he said he really liked it but he didn’t