D.J. Morgan hails from Bellflower, California where he plays for powerhouse High School program St. John Bosco. Morgan possesses excellent size for a Safety at 6’3″ 205 lbs. Depending on how much weigh he adds in college, he may be able to play Outside Linebacker.
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D.J. Morgan received offers from California, Colorado, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Utah and Vanderbilt. The majority of these schools are west of the Mississippi. California, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Vanderbilt are also high academic schools. This list suggests a regional recruit who is obviously an excellent student.
According to the 247Sports Composite Ranking, an aggregate of all recruiting rankings, D.J. Morgan ranks as the 452nd prospect and 27th Safety in the 2016 class. He is ranked as the 583rd prospect and 43rd Safety by the general 247Sports ranking. According to ESPN, Morgan ranks as the 33rd Safety in the country. Scout ranks him as the 51st Safety. Rivals ranks Morgan the highest. They list him as the 22nd best Safety and a 4-star prospect.
A few things stand out when watching D.J. Morgan’s highlight film: he hustles, plays physical, is solid in coverage and is good against the run. The first clip on his film, he blitzes off the edge and eventually chases the Quarterback, who scrambled away from Morgan, down. He demonstrates excellent hustle. The majority of players would have quit after the Quarterback scrambled away.
Speed is one of the most difficult things to judge on film. How fast are the other players? At the high school level, it is usually unknown. With that said, Morgan does not appeared to be blessed with elite speed. However, he does possess enough speed to be effective in college.
Based on all of the information, Morgan is definitely a 3-star recruit. He does not blow you away with his athleticism or instincts. But, he is extremely productive. During his Junior season, he tallied 112 tackles. He is the type of player that Brian Kelly wants and needs in his program; a high academic player, who hustles and produces at a big time rate.