Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and his staff assembled a top-five recruiting class this year featuring the nation’s top player overall, Robert Nkemdiche, among a class littered with five and four-star recruits, but it’s three-star recruit Christian Morgan that is making his presence felt in Oxford.
Chuck Rousaville of OMSpirit.com reported on Monday that Morgan is already getting reps with the first-team offense during spring practice and has made known to the coaches that he has the hands and the skill-set to step up and claim a role in the offense.
The tight end spot isn’t the most glamorous position, but it is important because of what’s required out of the position. Tight ends need to block like offensive linemen and catch passes like wide receivers. The skill-set of these players are a rare combination of power, speed and agility and Morgan has those tools to excel and perhaps much earlier than even the most optimistic of expectations.
Morgan was recruited by some schools as an offensive tackle so that shows you that he has the size at 6-5 and 255-pounds and the willingness to mix it up with defensive ends and drive them back in the running game. He was also recruited as a defensive end by some schools which shows you that he uses his hands are big, strong and quick like a boxer. Add that all up and you have a pretty dynamic tight end prospect.
After tight ends Ferbia Allen, H.R. Greer and Jamal Mosley ran out of eligibility, the opportunity is there for someone to step in and fill the void created by their absence and through the early part of spring practice Morgan is doing just that.
Morgan is coming off a senior season at Prestonwood Christian in Plano, Texas, catching 29 balls for 462 yards and 4 touchdowns.