April 6, 2009

TCU among Texas QB's favorites

It was a busy day around the TCU football complexes last Saturday afternoon. Inside Amon G. Carter Stadium the Frogs held their annual spring game. Afterwards, some of the Midland region's top signal callers assembled onto the Morris practice fields and inside the Sam Baugh indoor practice facility to take part in the Elite 11 Regional Workout.

Several big names who have already announced their college destinations were in attendance, and they didn't disappoint. Another name to keep a watch on who also turned in an impressive showing was Austin (S.F. Austin) pro-style quarterback Jacob Morgan.

"I thought I did pretty good," Morgan said of his Elite 11 performance. "I was put into the category with Matt Joeckel and Jameill Showers and the others who have already committed to schools. I felt pretty confident with my performance."

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder has seen his recruitment pick up in recent weeks and will likely garner even more interest after his performance. The Cen-Tex signal caller had a successful season in his first year as a starter under center throwing for 2,285 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Although he doesn't hold an offer to date, teams such as TCU, Kansas State, Kansas, SMU, Houston and several others are showing the strong armed Morgan interest.

"Kansas State just jumped in the picture here recently," he said. "They sent me a handwritten letter showing me interest. Kansas State, Kansas and TCU are showing the most interest right now."

Before Morgan took part in the Elite 11, he got a chance to see TCU up close in their spring game and came away impressed with the familiarity.

"Their (TCU) style of offense is sort of like our offense at my high school," he said. "It's the spread, they'll go under center occasionally which is what I prefer. But they'll more of a spread team and the OC seems to know what he's doing."

Morgan admits he isn't the fleetest of quarterbacks but what he lacks in speed he makes up for with arm strength.

"I'd say putting the ball into tight places," Morgan said of his top strength. "I'm definitely more of a pro-style guy. I'm not the fastest guy in the world but if I have to run I can run. I thought to myself that I was going to be a dual threat guy because I played in the last game as a sophomore and rushed for 120 yards on 7 carries."

Proximity will be a big factor in Morgan's decision making so he can assure his family will get to see him play.

"I'd like to go somewhere not too far away from home," he said. "I'd like for my family to attend some of my games. Academics is also a big part of my decision. Everyone knows that everyone doesn't make it to the NFL so I want to get my education so I can do something after playing college football."

While several programs are starting to show Morgan increased attention, he says three teams have really started to stand out among the group.

"Kansas, Kansas State and TCU are sticking out," Morgan said. "I know Todd Reesing's (Kansas) sister and she tells me a lot of great things about the university. Also watching them on T.V. you can tell they're a competitive program and they hang in there with the best and compete. Kansas State, any time you can come into Texas and beat them at home that's an accomplishment because a lot of teams can't say that, they're a legitimate program. And TCU, after watching them last year against Boise State, they've come around and they're close to home which is a good thing."

Morgan won't have the benefit of throwing to his top receiver from 2008, Emory Blake next season, but he says the Maroons have reloaded and there will be plenty of weapons to choose from.

"We have many tools," he said. "Emory has a cousin (Caleb Jones) who is a freak. In my opinion he will probably be better than Emory. He's already 6-foot-3 and he is a pure athlete. You can line him up at safety, he'll play running back. We also have a couple of other guys that are real quick receivers, they have real potential."

Morgan plans to see how things play out through the process before making any type of decision.

"As of right now I'm waiting to see how things play out," he said. "I just started last year on varsity and these other guys who are already committed started their freshman or sophomore years. I still feel I have a little bit more time to develop into the prospect I want to be."

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