Cal has been recruiting Jordan Morgan for a while but an offer didn't come until the Chandler, Ariz., safety camped with the Golden Bears in the last few days.
Patience paid off for Morgan, an athletic 6-foot, 193-pound prospect, because when his offer finally came he knew what he wanted to do. Playing in Berkeley has always been something Morgan wanted to do if given the opportunity and so he committed. It was a snap decision but one Morgan is confident he made wisely.
"I went up here with my dad and Cal has been interested in me since I was a sophomore and once I went up here after seeing the campus and seeing the academic part of it I just knew this was the place I want to be," Morgan said.
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"I want to major in optometry and right across from the stadium they have a big optometry school so that was really cool."
Morgan, one of the better athletes at the Palo Alto NIKE Camp, is rated as the No. 50 safety nationally and the No. 11 prospect in the Arizona rankings by Rivals.com.
He put up huge stats last season, finishing with 139 tackles. Morgan also rushed for 1,450 yards and 20 touchdowns and threw for 1,516 yards with 23 touchdowns and four interceptions.
What also sold Morgan on Cal is his relationship with the coaching staff especially defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. The two spent a lot of time together in recent days and it was one of the main reasons why Morgan felt compelled to commit soon after getting offered.
"Just being with the coaches and seeing how friendly they were, I was with coach Pendergast for like two hours just watching film. I just really love it up there. That's what helped me make my decision.
"My first Pac-10 offer was from Colorado because they're joining and that was from earlier so I thought that was a really cool school but once I saw Cal it was a no-brainer. That's where I want to be."
Morgan also had offers from Air Force, Army Brown, Cornell, Duke, Florida International, Harvard, Kansas, Navy, New Mexico State, North Dakota, Northern Colorado, Penn, San Jose State, South Dakota State and Yale.