After producing two five-star prospects in the years between 2005 and 2007, West Michigan experienced a talent drought. Holland West Ottawa three-star linebacker Desmond Morgan is giving recruiters reason to return to the shores of Lake Michigan again in the 2011 class, however.
As a junior, Morgan tallied approximately 120 tackles and registered four sacks. Those numbers helped him earn first team all-conference, first team all-area and honorable mention all-state accolades. They have also helped him pick up early offers from several MAC programs and interest from BCS Conference schools.
"I have three offers right now from Bowling Green, Akron and Buffalo," Morgan reported. "I went to a camp out at Boston College and took a visit to Wisconsin this past spring. Boston College, Wisconsin as well as Vanderbilt have been talking to me a little bit. They are looking to see early senior year film.
"I've gotten a couple letters from schools in the Big Ten, so I'll be looking to send out a little early senior film and see what happens."
Morgan will definitely be watching to see what happens with the other schools showing interest, but his focus right now are on the programs that have extended him a scholarship offer.
"I'm taking what I have right now and trying to feel my way out between the three schools and see which one I like best," Morgan said. "I have been talking to those schools quite a bit.
"I went down to Bowling Green for camp, but am looking to make it back down there to see more of the campus and a game this fall. It seemed like they had great facilities and I liked the coaching staff. I got to met everyone and talk to everyone and they seemed really nice. It had a real family-like atmosphere there."
Morgan is also looking to make it back to Akron this fall for a game. Meanwhile, Buffalo head coach Jeff Quinn spent several years as an assistant coach at Grand Valley State University, which is located 20 minutes from Morgan's hometown. He has not visited there yet, but hopes to see them this fall as well.
"I haven't been out there yet because it's kind of a far trip, but they were actually my first offer and Coach Oliver, I really like him," Morgan said. "I did some research on them and I like their school a lot."
With several schools interested in seeing early senior season film of Morgan, the 6-1, 225-pound linebacker is expecting to get off to a strong start in 2010.
"I'm really excited about this season," he said. "After looking at my junior tape and being real critical on myself going through it, I felt my biggest downfall was the speed aspect of my game. I worked on that quite a bit this off-season and I felt like I gained a lot from that. I'm definitely looking to showcase that I can play in space and also get some offensive touches to show that aspect of my game as well."
Morgan will be doubling as a quarterback on offense this fall for West Ottawa. He has also taken care of business in the classroom where he carries a 4.0 GPA and has scored a 27 on the ACT.