Gators impress linebacker Morgan

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Four-star Crete (Ill.) Crete-Monee linebacker Nyles Morgan made his third official visit of the process this weekend to Florida, and came back higher on the Gators than when he went in.
"They showed me a lot of hospitality, it was a good atmosphere and game," Morgan said. "I enjoyed talking to Coach (Will) Muschamp and Coach (D.J.) Durkin. They saw me fitting in as a MIKE 'backer and coming in, possibly making a big impact on their team. A lot of linebackers are injured, so I could definitely come in and start early."
Morgan's list of favorites shows he is already comfortable in the SEC, but the Chicagoland linebacker also felt at ease in Gainesville during his visit.
"I have an uncle who is down here, so if I get homesick or anything like that, he is right down in Tampa," Morgan said. "My player-host was Michael Taylor and I got along well with him. He really showed me around and showed me how guys act around the dorms and around the coaches."
Despite a rough season on the field, Florida comes out of their official visit weekend with Morgan sitting higher than where they were coming in.
"It gave them a good boost," Morgan said. "I told Coach Durkin if I saw what I liked, it was going to give me a good impression of them. I had been talking to them for awhile about getting down there, but never got a chance to do so. Now that I have I am getting a good impression of them."
Morgan also revealed on Sunday that he had set a decision date for his commitment - the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4.
"I have been thinking about this for the last two weeks or so," Morgan said. "It has nothing to do with the Florida trip. It's just coming out the day that I leave."
An official visit to Vanderbilt had originally been scheduled for late January. He is still looking to visit the Commodores even though his decision is now coming at the beginning of that month.
"I will have to reschedule that one for early December (with) Vanderbilt and possibly Texas A&M," Morgan said.
Morgan is also looking ahead to a busy week of recruiting, with several college coaches planning to come through for in-home visits.
"We have Notre Dame coming by tomorrow and Texas A&M coming by Tuesday," Morgan said. "Wednesday we were going to have a few teams come by, but I have a banquet that day. Thursday we have Florida coming by."
Morgan has already made official visits with Ole Miss and Notre Dame. He also made an unofficial visit for the Irish's Nov. 23 home game and was back in South Bend last week Wednesday.
"The coach had asked me to stop by and I said sure'" Morgan said. "It's only an hour from my house, so I stopped by and saw a practice. I would just say everything is just about the same (with Notre Dame)."
With three official visits under his belt, Morgan would have to schedule his trips to Vanderbilt and Texas A&M the next two weekends if he is to get five official visits in before making his decision on Jan. 4.
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