Coach: "a complete ball player" (Preview)
A lot of people had not heard R.J. Morgan when word of his verbal commitment became public on Sunday night. Even diehard recrutniks may have missed reading about Morgan. It is actually understandable, Morgan took a slightly different route to getting noticed.
Morgan, a 6-2, 225-pound safety from Crater High School in Central Point, Oregon did not attend camps and combines and instead put together a strong highlight tape and sent it out. Arizona liked what they saw and encouraged Morgan to make an unofficial visit. Morgan was in Tucson over the weekend and received an offer. He liked what he saw and pledged to the Wildcats.
Morgan will likely play a hybrid safety/linebacker spot in the Wildcats’ 3-3-5 defense and his high school coach John Beck feels it is a good fit.
“RJ is a complete ball player,” Beck explained. “Very physical, good instincts, good football knowledge and makes plays. Very skilled at covering tight ends and does a great job of getting hands on receivers and plays well on the perimeter.”
Of course, Beck is also a fan of R.J. Morgan the person.
“As good as a player as he is, he is even a better person,” Beck said. “(He has a) GPA of over 3.9, a great work-ethic and leadership skills. Good coachability and is an aggressive player.”
Although Morgan is in Duck and Beaver country, Beck is excited about his player’s opportunity.
“We are proud to have RJ join the Wildcats and Coach Rodriguez and his staff,” Beck concluded.