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Top linebacker says he'll announce college choice at bowl game

2014-01-01T18:00:00Z 2014-09-18T23:35:13Z Top linebacker says he'll announce college choice at bowl gameMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
January 01, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

Just like he plays defense, Nyles Morgan is not tipping his hand.

The 6-foot-3 230-pound Crete-Monee linebacker will wait to announce his college choice at halftime of Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Morgan will talk about playing in the prestigious game and being the third  Crete-Monee player to be chosen for a postseason all-star contest. Two years ago Anthony Standifer played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Last year, Laquon Treadwell played in the Under Armour game.

"It is an honor to be chosen to to represent my country," Morgan said. "It has been great down here meeting and working out with a lot of good players who I may play against.

"You are going against everyone who has your size and speed."

Morgan is a two-time Times Defensive Player of the Year. He has over 30 offers and several scouting services have him among the top five prep linebackers in the country. He was one of the prep players to receive 477 letters from Notre Dame. The package is called the "#PotOfGold" by the Irish coaching and recruiting staff.

Despite all the attention and accolades, Morgan says he remains grounded.

"I like to stay humble," Morgan said. "It (recruiting) has been a good experience and I am going to pick the right school for me for football, academics, the total package."

Morgan and teammate Chris Slayton, who recently committed to Syracuse, make it nine Crete players to play at Division I schools in the past seven years. Morgan said he learned a lot by watching Treadwell's recruiting process a year ago.

"I definitely saw how well Quon handled it and my parents, they made sure I handled it the right way," Morgan said. "You get a lot of letters, calls, but you just have to take it in stride."

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