Fifteen colleges have offered Anthony Morgan a scholarship. One of them seems to be working a little harder than are the rest.
"They call me once a week," Morgan said of the Iowa Hawkeyes. "They send me tons of mail. That's the school where I feel most wanted. That's a very good thing."
Morgan, A 2012 safety out of Texas, is scheduled to take his first official visit Saturday when he travels to Iowa to see the Hawkeyes play Northwestern in a night game. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder came to Iowa City on an unofficial trip back in the spring.
"I basically want to see how the atmosphere is at the game and how the fans are and how the players get ready for the game; how they prepare going into a big game," Morgan said. "I want to see how the vibe is. I just want to see the college life, basically."
Scout.com rates Morgan as the 61st best safety in the country for his class. The service ranks him as a three-start prospect on its five-star scale.
Morgan reports offers from Iowa, Arizona, Iowa State, Northwestern, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Virginia, among others. In the summer, he said that Iowa and Arizona were his favorites.
"I like all the schools that I have (scholarship offers from)," the Prestonwood Christian (Plano) senior said. "I don't want to put anyone on a pedestal."
Morgan said that he spoke with Arizona coaches last week and is close to setting up an official there. Beyond that, he hasn't figured out which schools will get his three remaining official trips allowed by NCAA rules.
"Baylor hasn't offered yet," Morgan said. "If they were to offer, then I'd probably visit there. I really don't know after that. I haven't thought about that yet. I'm just trying to get this first visit over and then Arizona and go from there."
Morgan said he would like to make his decision at the end of his high school season in December unless he hasn't been able to fit all of his official visits in before then.
"After that, I'll talk to my parents and pray about it," he said. "I want to commit before February (signing day), though; for sure before Christmas.
"I think I'm going to take five (official visits) just to get my view of every college. I want to see what different colleges have to offer. I want to take my trips around the world."
The voyage to find a fit starts in Iowa City.
"I do like Iowa. That's why I'm going back up there again for a second time," Morgan said. "I want to see the business program and what they have to offer in that. I think I want to go into business. I'm not exactly sure which area. I have to figure that out."
Morgan said he talks with Hawkeye Assistant Coach Erik Campbell once a week. He receives mail from Campbell, DB Coach Phil Parker and Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.
"They just check on me," Morgan said of the content. "They write letters congratulating me on a win. They ask how I did in the game. They give me the stats of the guys that went to the NFL. They talk to me about the college life at the school."
Morgan said he's gotten to know Campbell pretty well.
"I feel like we have a bond," Morgan said. "It's not just about football. He checks on me to see how I'm doing. We joke around. It's fun."
Morgan missed the first two games of his senior season with a stress fracture in his foot. He felt like he was back to 100 percent health.
"My second game is when I felt good," Morgan said. "My first game was OK. This last game I felt really good, also. I got to roam around a little bit. They had me in the back. They had me at strong (safety). I was free to make plays."
Morgan said he will play this Friday and then fly to Iowa on Saturday morning with his mother. He expected to return to Texas on Sunday.
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