Four-star Nyles Morgan of Crete-Monee (Ill.) is one of the nation's most sough-after linebacker prospects. On Sunday he revealed the six schools leading the way for his services heading into the fall.
The top six, as announced by Morgan, are Florida, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
That Vanderbilt and Ole Miss are in the top six should come as no surprise. Morgan has listed those two programs as favorites since early in the summer.
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"I like the fact that those two are recruiting me as hard as ever," Morgan said. "Those coaches stay in contact with me and I loved the atmosphere of both schools when I went down there."
On Thursday night Morgan had a chance to see those two SEC schools face-off in their season openers, a game that Ole Miss won. He also discussed the game with both coaching staffs in conversations earlier on Sunday.
"Both were pretty satisfied with their performances," Morgan said. "That was a very hard-fought game. It showed what both teams are about. I was watching the defenses and how they dealt with adversity when adversity strikes."
Although Vanderbilt and Ole Miss have long held spots atop Morgan's list, he said at this time his top six is all even. The Rivals100 prospect broke down what he likes about the other four schools on his list:
Florida - "The fact that they keep recruiting me hard, and every season they are always there at the end - always on top. When the recruiting periods open and they get a chance to talk to me, they always do so I just want to see what they are about."
Michigan State - "I have always liked Michigan State growing up as a kid. I like Coach [Mark] Dantonio and the linebackers coach, Coach [Pat] Narduzzi. I like the atmosphere at Michigan State too.
Tennessee - "I did [visit there] this summer. I liked their head coach, Butch Jones. It seems like he has a plan for this upcoming season. I also like their linebackers coach, Coach [Tommy] Thigpen. I liked everything I saw with their new facilities and that they are trying to build a program up from the bottom.
Texas A&M - "I have a pretty good relationship with the coaches over there. I'm not sure when, but I do plan on taking that official. I might do that more towards the winterime. They need linebackers there from my perspective and since they've moved to the SEC they play top competition over there."
Morgan has yet to set any of his official visits, and will likely take most during the winter. He expects to make his decision in January at a post-season all-star game.
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