Name: Desmond Morgan
Location: Holland, MI
Ratings: ESPN – 3* (78), Scout – 3*, Rivals 3*
Recruitment: Grew up as a big Michigan fan, so when the Wolverines offered during the season, it was only a matter of time. Northwestern was the only serious competition, but after his official visit to Michigan during early December, he knew he wanted to be a Wolverine – no matter who the coach is. Committed 13/12/2010.
Offers: Had mainly offers from MAC schools, but his recruitment blew up over the fall when the likes of Michigan, Northwestern, Cincinnati and Boston College started looking at him.
Stats: Currently weighs around 225lbs at 6’1 and runs a 4.65 forty yard dash, which is quite impressive for his position. Senior stats are unavailable, but he had around 120 tackles as a junior.
ESPN Analysis: Morgan is a very tough run stopper; displays dominant playing strength at the point of attack. Has the size and athleticism for the inside linebacker position at the major level of competition. His tough knock'em back tackling ability suggests very good potential as a special team's coverage player.
Not that fluid in the hips, which hurts his coverage skills at the next level, could be a liability in man coverage early in his career. All coverage skills will have to be improved a bit before he sees the field, meaning a redshirt year is likely; would be a useful addition to special teams as a freshman though.
Shows good play recognition skills, especially on screens. Uses his hands well and has the pure strength needed to shed blockers; plays low and keeps his feet moving at all times.
Improvements: Coverage is the main issue.
Film Highlights: Link here.
Final Thoughts: Michigan loses two linebackers for 2011, but with Morgan, Kellen Jones and Brennen Beyer in the class, Michigan has addressed the need.
Always good to land the in state talent, and Morgan is a good football player. Has a real nose for the football, dominant in the run game; so if he sharpens up his coverage could be a solid MLB.
Could play on special teams as a freshman, otherwise he’s heading for a redshirt. A couple years to get into college shape, and to refine his skills, then he’ll be ready to compete for the starting role.