October 20, 2009

Thamail Morgan has first two offers

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The roller coaster ride through high school is continuing for Thamail Morgan.

The 6-foot-1 outside linebacker from Cave City (Arkansas) High has seen his recruiting stock soar, plummet and now rebound in the form of his first two official offers.

Memphis and Alcorn State have decided to take a chance on a player who is trying to rehab his image.

"I feel really blessed that things are getting better for me," Morgan said. "I am very thankful that these offers are starting to come in."

As recently as last summer, those humble words may not have been uttered by Morgan.

In 2008, Morgan was one of the hottest rising prospects in the state of Arkansas. He helped lead his former school - Newport - to the state playoffs and was seeing interest from most major college programs.

Then it all changed.

An undisclosed violation of team rules caused Morgan to be kicked off the team and out of school. He then transferred to Cave City, but the suitors did not follow.

"Before I screwed up and got myself into trouble, I had some schools like Arkansas, Florida State, Ole Miss, and some other big schools looking at me,'' Morgan told ArkansasVarsity.com in an interview last month. "Now they are not looking at me, but I have no one to blame but myself for that."

The remorseful Morgan was also the center of positive attention when he stopped just short of the goal line on a kickoff return and proceeded to take a knee in honor of a fallen player on the opposing team.

That story captivated the nation and was featured on RivalsHigh.com and Yahoo.com.

Now, with offers in tow, Morgan and his team can focus on the playoffs.

"I am just going to keep working hard," he said. "We are 7-0 in our school's third year of football. We have the playoffs on our mind."

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