Jul 3, 2013; Beaverton, OR, USA; Linebacker Nyles Morgan (5) looks over for a play call from the bench during the Nike 7on7 elimination play at Nike World Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Football Recruiting - Prospect Evaluation: Nyles Morgan

Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2014 Prospect Evaluation

Nyles Morgan represents the most important recruit for the Fighting Irish in the 2014 recruiting class. The Irish only landed a similar linebacker recruit 5 years ago in Manti Te’o.

Size

During the 2013 draft process, GMs and coaches complained about Manti Te’o’s height and weight. His numbers at 6’1″, 240 lbs are average for NFL players. It will not prevent Te’o from becoming a great player in the NFL. It did not hamper him from being the most decorated player in college football history. Morgan’s numbers are extremely similar. Currently, Morgan weighs 225 lbs. By the time August rolls around, he will likely check in at 235 or higher. He also is 6’1″. So, he is fairly average but will do fine in college football.

Tackling

This seems extremely overstated but each year missed tackles make the difference between a solid defense and a great defense. It is the difference in a 7-yard run and a 20-yard run. Morgan packs a punch from his Middle Linebacker spot. He plays the spot with aggression. Morgan collected 342 tackles in his career at Crete-Monee High School. Additionally, he tallied 10 tackles in the US Army All-American Bowl.

Speed/Athleticism

Morgan claims a 4.6 40-yard dash. However, some services have him at 4.79 in his 40-yard dash. This would place him at average to above average speed. On film, he runs sideline to sideline fairly well. This should not be an issue for him but he is definitely not elite.

Instincts

The most important aspects of being a great Linebacker is instincts. Anyone who watched the Linebacker play in 2012 and in 2013 could see the difference between Te’o and his counterparts. Grace, Fox and Calabrese had similar size and physical tools but lacked the instincts of Te’o. Morgan reads plays well and gets down hill quickly.

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