Nyles Morgan, a linebacker prospect in the class of 2014 from Crete-Monee High School (Ill.), is a consensus four-star prospect. He has not surprisingly drawn the attention of a bunch of big-time college football programs; he holds offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M, Michigan State and Ole Miss, plus many others.
Morgan is 6'2, weighs 228 pounds and has been clocked running a 4.53 40-yard dash. He is considered the fourth-best inside linebacker prospect in the class and the No. 55 overall prospect by 247Sports. Rivals rates him similarly, though he isn't quite as high in their overall top 100. Scout regards him as the fifth-best middle linebacker prospect in the class.
Morgan finished his junior season with 140 tackles, including four sacks, and he also intercepted a pair of passes. You can follow him on Twitter here.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Morgan is one of the best linebacker recruits in the class of 2014. I've had a chance to see him in person once, and will soon see him again come July.
Morgan has an excellent blend of size, power, speed and quickness. He quickly diagnoses the play and takes good routes to the ballcarrier, without a lot of wasted steps. He is very good at defeating blocks, using his hands and his power to keep them off his body.
And when he arrives, oh my, does he ever deliver the hit. Watch the video; these high school kids are getting annihilated.
In pass coverage, Morgan is adequate to decent. He is not the best cover linebacker nationally, but for a player who is as good against the run as he is, the pass defense is pretty good. He is a three-down linebacker and not someone who will need to come off the field in passing downs.
Morgan should be an immediate beast on special teams, and should be a multi-year starter at the BCS level. This is a very good prospect.
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