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Faxes In: Nyles Morgan

Feb 5, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

Nyles MorganAAA AP

Crete Monee (Crete, IL)

Measurables: 6-2, 223

Accolades: US Army All-American, first-team linebacker USA Today All-American, first-team All-State Chicago Tribune, All-State Illinois Football Coaching Association.

Impressive Offers: Alabama, Michigan, Miami, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC

Projected Position: Inside Linebacker

Quick Take: There might not be a more important defensive recruit for the Irish, with Morgan the complete package, and a readymade prospect at a position of need. There’s no question that Morgan has the talent to step into the starting lineup at inside linebacker, but the Irish will need to have patience, after all it took a while for even Manti Te’o to figure out what he was doing.

The Irish coaching staff deserves all the credit in the world for not taking no for an answer for Morgan, and the Irish overcame a lot of obstacles to close the deal.

What he means to Irish: It’s not hyperbole to call Morgan the most important recruit in the class, just because of the hole at inside linebacker. Counting on a true freshman to step in and play big minutes isn’t always ideal, but as we saw last year with Jaylon Smith, it’s still possible.

That’s not to say that Morgan is the type of athlete that Smith is, but he’s an elite recruit with athleticism and instincts to play inside linebacker.

Obligatory YouTube highlight clip: Here’s Morgan’s Signing Day video:

  1. fnc111 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Not having anyone bail is good. Step in the right direction.

    • papadec - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Plus – we also got Daniel Cage (DT) from Cinn, OH. A nice pickup – decision based on ACADEMICS over MSU.

  2. fnc111 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Then you look at the top 10 schools in recruiting and wonder what’s the point? All the southern schools get all the talent.

    • notredameirish1980 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      The point is that the correlation between “stars” and being a star is more nebulous than we are led to believe. Kelly is happy with his class for both quality and character. He understands that ND is different from the NFL prep squads and you have to recruit to this school as well as his system. He has been burned enough over the past few years when he deviates from that model. Coach em up and let’s see what happens.

    • irishwilliamsport - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      How can anyone possibly be disappointed with this class, there is some serious talent just like last year. They’ve gotten burned by a few guys that fell into a certain profile and they don’t chase after them anymore. If you look at last years class, they recruited a whole offense and a whole defense, 23 players, seriously go and look. This year they went by position need and nailed it I thought.

      There are 5 5th year seniors returning and a total of either 59 or 60 returning players, and either 82 or 83 with recruits. 83 or 84 if they offer Joe Schmidt a scholarship again, so there is room for another guy or 2. It’s not even noon on the west coast so who knows what can happen.

      If Stanford can do it we can do it, they get very few 5 star guys and mostly 3 star.

      • ndgoldandblue - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        Yeah, I don’t get it either. This class has 23 signees, which takes care of any numbers problems. This class is very well-rounded. Only the RB (which is well-stocked anyway) and DB positions didn’t add anyone to the depth chart. We had a five-star guy, several four-star guys, and the rest were three-star. No twos or ones. Teams loaded with two-star recruits have made BCS runs in the past, so the talent is there for the Irish to make it to one of the six premiere bowls.

        The point is, I just don’t get the discontent (I’m calling you out, Rocks House). But those guys will find any reason to bitch about Kelly. Heck…even fnc had something nice to say today.

  3. domerboyirish - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    According to E$PN, Tennessee has 37 commitments. WTF?! We always blog about making sure we do our best to reach the 25 player limit and then I see this crap. SEC = Cheats!

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      …are you sure that wasn’t players committed to rehab? It is the SEC.

    • notredameirish1980 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Many players will not qualify academically or otherwise not matriculate. Players that are there already will leave or be released from their scholarships. Others will have mysterious ailments that will lead to medical redshirts. Is this the way ND should do business?

      • papadec - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM


  4. tburke9601 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Anyone know when JuJu is supposed to decide?

    • kansasirish - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      4PM Eastern……On a side note did anybody see that Tee “The Tool” Shepard flipped from Miss State to Ole Miss today? Lol what a jack ass!

    • dbldmr - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Committed to USC.

  5. runners00 - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    It’s a great class. They will be fun to watch in the next several years. I’m a little worried about how many 5star recruits Alabama has, but this is just how it goes right now. They’re getting all of the kids. That said, our graduation rate is quite a bit higher than many of the SEC schools. As the coach says, the kids are making a 40 year decision, not a four-year decision. With that in mind, ND is the place.

    • tucsonfan - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Graduation rate does not equal prowess at football, or national championships. We traded being the top program in history and having very good graduation rates for graduation rate above all and pretty average football since Holtz left.

      I seriously doubt we will ever again win the national championship with current priorities. I’m surprised that people cannot see that. 2012 was fine, we got close, and 2013 could have been THE year, but ND kicks it star QB out rather than do something more practical. That kind of reasoning along with unwillingness to take the Tony Rice, Chris Zorich types anymore means lost in the desert re championships.

    • dudeacow - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Don’t be jealous of Alabama. What would you rather have, a bunch of 5 star kids who expect to come in and win a championship immediately without having to work or or maybe one or two 5 stars that have a great work ethic and then a bunch of extremely physically gifted 4 and 3 star kids who know what it’s like to work hard, fight through adversity, and win football games. In AJ McCarron’s words (slight paraphrase), “Success is what killed [Alabama]. There were a bunch of young guys coming in who expected to win no matter what and didn’t work hard.” This group we have is incredible. Williams and Blankenship have the ability to become 10+ sacks a year type guys. Morgan and Sykes can become the type of dynamic SEC type MLBs who can blitz, stop the run, and cover. Hayes, Mokwuah, and Cage are all extremely quick and fast for their size so will not just clog the middle, they will pressure the quarterback. Luke is “a Day 1 draft pick” according to Kelly. Brent is Mike Floyd 2.0, and Holmes is a DaVaris Daniels that pays more attention to detail and has a better work ethic. The O-Line group will maul anybody and everybody. This group is full of RKGs, not the lazy, rely-on-talent-alone type guys Bama is getting. So don’t be jealous of the Tide. You’re absolutely right when you say this group will be fun to watch. Because this group will beat Alabama some day. I don’t know if it will be in the Playoffs, the Orange Bowl, or the Poinsettia Bowl. But this group will beat them. Mark my words.

  6. newyorkfootballgiants24 - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    I’m surprised that you actually believe that a year removed from it actually almost happening. Pure ignorance on your part.

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