During a June camp, Arkansas State received a big in-state commitment from The Natural State's best players, Drew Morgan. The 6-foot, 182-pound athlete from Greenwood High School has been in close contact with the Red Wolves staff since giving his verbal pledge and was in Jonesboro for the home opener against Memphis.
"I get letters and calls all the time from Coach Hall, Coach Drinkwitz, and, of course, Coach Malzhan," said Drew Morgan. "I was actually there last weekend with my Dad, brother, my girlfriend, and a friend. We were treated like royalty. They gave us a walk-through. Everybody was great to us and I really enjoyed it. I'm looking to go back the weekend they play Western Kentucky."
Morgan went on a busy camp tour over the summer which included stops at Arkansas, Arkansas State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, and Tulsa. At Arkansas State, he received his first offer and committed on the spot.
"They said they knew I was a football player from watching my film," he said, "and that I have athleticism that can't be taught. When I told Coach Malzahn I was ready to commit he was excited. He said, 'Awesome. Now help us recruit.' I love Arkansas State's fanbase. They're a lively bunch who make you feel like family. I was shocked at how nice the facilities are when we took the tour. It felt like I was in a five star hotel."
At Greenwood, Morgan has been a part of two 5A state championship teams. The Bulldogs, however, moved up to 6A this season and are off to a 3-0 start.
"In the first game, I had 105 yards receiving and a punt return for a touchdown," Morgan stated. "I had 98 receiving yards and a touchdown in the second game. The last game I had 265 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns against Shiloh Christian. I'm playing wide receiver, running back, outside linebacker, and kick and punt return, so I don't come out of the game much.
"I think I'm a Wes Welker type of player who can get you the first down or whatever you need done on the field. I believe in practice and preparation. I work hard on the little things like agility drills, route running drills, and speed drills to improve my game. I'm running crisp routes, hustling, and playing disciplined football."
At this time, Arkansas State remains Morgan's only offer, but he's still being recruited by many of the schools he camped at as well as a few others who have been impressed with what he's done early in his senior season.
"Memphis and Troy are coming at me hard," Morgan said. "I'm also hearing a lot from Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Kansas. I'm still committed to Arkansas State and I don't see that changing. It's still early, but my focus is on Arkansas State."
As a junior Morgan was named 5A Player of the Year and First Team All-State. In the Bulldogs win in the state final over Batesville, he hauled in six receptions for 161 yards and four touchdowns. In October, his team will play Conway with Arkansas State commit, Brandon Cox. This weekend they'll host Northside to begin conference play.