Iowa Lands Morgan

HI.com Publisher
Posted Dec 14, 2011


Anthony Morgan has long favored Iowa. On Wednesday, he followed his heart and verbally committed to the Hawkeyes. Read what the '12 Texas safety had to say about his choice.

You often hear how difficult it is for high school recruits to choose a college. For Anthony Morgan, the decision was not tough.

"Honestly, it was not," he said. "I kind of made up my mind my junior year. My mom asked me to pray about it and God put this school in my eyes. That's why I'm going there."

Morgan, a Scout.com three-star safety, announced his decision on Wednesday to attend the University of Iowa to play football and study business. The Plano, TX product became the Hawkeyes' 15th known verbal in the 2012 class.

Morgan chose Iowa ahead of Arizona and Stanford.

"It really came down to the atmosphere and the coaches that they have there have been there for a long time," Morgan said. "That's the main thing. The graduation rate is just phenomenal. If football doesn't work out, I know I'll have a good degree."

Despite knowing in his heart for a while that he was a Hawkeye, Morgan held off for the right time to make his choice publicly.

"I just wanted to wait until after the season so it wasn't a distraction," he said. "I wanted to finish up with school. My last exam was today. So, I'm done. I'm about to go on break and my life is pretty relaxed right now. I'm free to enjoy this."

Iowa Assistant Coach Erik Campbell led the school's recruitment of Morgan.

"We have a great relationship," the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Morgan said. "He calls me sometimes and he doesn't even talk about football. He'll just talk about school and ask me how I'm doing. He loves me as a person as well as a football player."

The Hawkeyes have produced a lot of talented safeties during the Coach Kirk Ferentz era. Morgan seemed to boast many of the same traits that made previous players successful at the position.

"I talked to Coach Ferentz the other day," Morgan said. "He told me he likes how aggressive I am and how I gain ground. I get to the ball very fast and I have great vision, so that's what I think they like about me the most."

Morgan said he is open to playing as a true freshman but knows the decision is not his to make.

"My mind is to just leave it up to the coaches and see what they think," he said. "I'm going to do my best when I get there. If they think I can play right away, then that's what I'll do. If they think I need to wait, I'll just get better that whole year and prepare for the next season."

Morgan announced his decision at a country club in front of friends and family.

"It's just amazing that I get the opportunity to do this," he said. "I'm just very blessed to be in this position. It's fun and exciting to have a lot of people happy for me and my decision."

Morgan feels relieved having his announcement public.

"I get to wear my Iowa stuff around," he said. "That's going to be fun."


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