January 15, 2007

Georgia QB headed north

Kent State added its 13th public verbal commitment on Monday when East Point, Ga., dual-threat quarterback Giorgio Morgan picked the Golden Flashes over offers from Morgan State, Southern and Tennessee State and interest from several other Division I programs.

Morgan, who threw for over 1,700 yards and rushed for nearly 500 as a senior at Tri-Cities High School, drew interest from several big-time college programs but many of those schools shied away from him because he has yet to earn a qualifying test score.

"I committed to Kent State because they are willing to take a chance on me," Morgan said. "They have been there for me for the long run and I think that it's a good place to be."

Named by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as one of the Top 50 players in the state of Georgia, Morgan feels that he'll be in position to help Kent State continue to build a winning program.

"I feel like I can go in and help right away," Morgan said. "I told coach that I can be the missing link because pretty much what they run (offensively) is what we run. I feel like I can help them get better."

Morgan is a dual-threat quarterback, but he said he is at his best when he refuses to let a broken play force him to run the ball.

"I believe I'm an accurate passer," he said. "When a play breaks down, I look more to throw than to run. I think I can help (Kent State's) program because I like to throw. It's something different that I can bring."

A starter since the middle of his sophomore season, Morgan has improved each season. But, he still feels he has a lot to learn before he steps on the field in Kent.

"I feel my weakness right now is reading coverages," he said. "Once basketball is over I'm going to get with my quarterbacks coach and go over a whole lot of disguised coverages. If I can get it down now it will help me in college."

Morgan made an official visit to Kent State on Dec. 9. He was surprised that a mid-major program had facilities comparable to what you'd see on the campus one of the bigger Division I schools.

"The stadium wasn't huge, but the weight room and meeting rooms and the indoor facility was just as good as they are at other DI schools," he said. "I thought it was a great campus."

Morgan contacted the Kent State coaching staff Monday afternoon to share the news of his verbal commitment. He first talked with his recruiting coach, Jason Nichols, and then he discussed his future with head coach Doug Martin.

"(Martin) said he looked forward to coaching me because I remind him of guys he coached in the past," Morgan said.

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