BLOG: Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas) tight end Christian Morgan announced earlier today via Twitter that after some soul searching he decided to de-commit from the Florida State Seminoles.
Morgan’s announcement (pictured above) came as no surprise to many of those who follow recruiting for a living. Although the Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas) tight end had committed to Florida State this summer he almost immediately started having second thoughts.
“I think there was a lot to it. I originally committed to Florida State and I didn’t take that lightly at all and I felt right there,” Morgan said in an interview this afternoon. “About three or four months ago I started thinking and I was confused why I was led to something and then doubted it so fast so I just kept thinking and I just really feel like I’m being led in a different direction.”
As a January enrollee, Morgan said his plan moving forward is to act rather quickly. Ole Miss, Arkansas and Baylor remain in the picture, according to Morgan, and the senior is actually planning to visit Oxford for this weekend’s tilt between the Rebels and Texas A&M Aggies.
In addition to distance from home, Morgan’s sister could factor into his recruitment.
Ashley is a junior libero that recently received a scholarship offer from the Ole Miss volleyball team (she also has an offer from Mississippi State, according to Christian), and the convenience of having family and friends travel to just one town to see both play is a definite plus.
“That would be something really special,” Morgan said.
Morgan also mentioned the “connection” Ole Miss has to Plano as a plus.
“That’s the thing about Ole Miss, it’s an easy seven hours away,” he said. “And then, they’re playing colleges like Arkansas and A&M; they’re playing schools that aren’t just close to here but relevant as far as the fan bases’ connection to here.”
Last weekend, while still officially committed to Florida State, Morgan made a point to watch the Rebels play at Alabama and even tweeted several times during the game.
“I was really happy to see that. Whether I went to Ole Miss or not I just really respect the coaching staff and you can’t help but root for guys who are doing it the right way,” he said. “I was just really proud to see how hard they played and how well they did for a while against by far the most talented team in the country.”
Morgan said he hopes to have a final decision made within a month and while Baylor wants him to visit for the TCU game, Oct. 13, he’s unsure if he’ll be able to make it as it’s his homecoming weekend.
Morgan (6-foot-4, 244 pounds) is considered a three-star recruit and the 15th-best tight end in the country by Rivals.com, a four-star recruit and the 12th-best tight end nationally by Scout.com, and a three-star prospect that’s the 24th-best tight end in the country by 247Sports.com.
Through five games, Morgan has hauled in 12 passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns.
Below is a highlight reel of Morgan’s courtesy of Rivals.com.
For more of Morgan’s thoughts on de-committing from Florida State and what’s next for the tight end, checkout Friday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE.
(October 4, 2012)