The months following the spring, when Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast cornerback DeAndre Morgan seemed to splash on the scene at the NIKE Training Camp in Miami, sure have been a wild ride full of scholarship offers and tons of new interest.
Clemson, NC State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Syracuse, Wake Forest, West Virginia, South Florida, Vanderbilt, and numerous others are currently riding the Morgan offer wagon. The competition is heating up, a top five has emerged and was decided on based on one important factor.
Morgan wants an aggressive defense.
"Miami, NC State, Auburn, West Virginia, and Clemson are my top five," Morgan said. "Most of them play that style of defense, real hard, with a lot of man-to-man coverage out there. I'm looking at that a lot and also just to see who wants me the most."
His early morning football practice schedule every day has kept him in shape and ready for his senior season. In between that time, he found the chance to take in three camps this summer including two inside the state.
"Yeah, Miami, Rutgers had a camp at our school, and the Florida one was were I went this summer," Morgan said. "I went to Florida's camp and my coach said they were about to offer me, but pulled back for some reason. Coach (John) 'Doc' Holliday told me I did well and he would let me know."
While sorting through offers, distance from home has crossed his mind as a possible issue. However, it may not matter where he is for that to be in effect.
"Well I look at it like, I know I'm going to be homesick anywhere and I've got to make a decision on where the best place is for me," Morgan said. "Whether I went to Miami an hour away or another school like Wake Forest, NC State, or West Virginia I'll still miss home."
"So I'm going off of where I'm the most comfortable and where the playing time is at."
Another factor that could play a role in the recruitment of Morgan is the fact that his brother DaJuan Morgan is a freshman safety for NC State, while two other brothers suit up for South Florida.
"I want to make my own decision though," Morgan said. "I wouldn't say there is favoritism, but those schools are definitely on me the hardest. I just don't want people to say I got the offer or the opportunity there because of my brothers."