Nyles Morgan is one of the reasons the Midwest features a strong crop of linebacker talent in the class of 2014. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Crete-Monee (Ill.) prospect picked up his fifth offer of the process earlier this week from Michigan State.
"It came through two days ago," Morgan said. "I had called up Coach [Dan] Roushar and he told me that Coach [Mark] Dantonio watched my film and decided to offer me. I was pretty excited; I like the way their defense plays."
Morgan's teammate, four-star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, has Michigan State among his favorites and the two have discussed attending a game in East Lansing this fall.
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"I believe we are going to the Michigan State-Notre Dame game," Morgan said.
Two other games Morgan expressed interest in attending was Notre Dame's on Sept. 22 and Ohio State's on Nov. 24.
Illinois, Notre Dame, Purdue and Vanderbilt are the other four schools that have already offered Morgan. He has been in communication with a number of teams since coaches were able to make contact on Sept. 1.
"My Facebook is loaded with 20 or so inboxes from coaches," Morgan said. "It just came out of nowhere.
"The team that surprised me was probably Alabama. They actually sent me a handwritten letter and that kind of shocked me. With them just winning the national championship, you have to have a certain amount of interest in looking into them."
Morgan has helped Crete-Monee get off to a 2-0 start this fall. The Warrior's defense has held opponents to just seven points a game, and Morgan has recorded 15 tackles and an 80-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in those two contests.