PLANO, Texas -- Christian Morgan is very honest when speaking about his recruiting process. Florida State was supposed to be option No. 4.
After narrowing his list of 19 offers to a top four, Morgan said he originally thought Florida State would have placed fourth behind Baylor, Arkansas and Ole Miss. Of the four, it’s the farthest from home, and it’s the only one not in either the SEC or the Big 12, two of the nation’s most popular conferences to many college prospects.
After a weekend visit to Tallahassee, Fla., and the Florida State campus, the three-star tight end from Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas) quickly discovered that proximity and conference affiliation is irrelevant when a place seems so perfect – and Florida State felt perfect to the 6-foot-5, 250-pound athlete. He verbally committed to the Seminoles during a Tuesday press conference.
“Tallahassee is a cool place; it has an SEC feel to it,” Morgan said. “The campus is beautiful in itself. After hanging around coaches and players there, I felt comfortable real quick.
“Getting out there was interesting. My mom and I were ready to say it was really cool, but we wanted to go somewhere else. But you couldn’t say that. We loved everything about it.”
Recruited by Seminoles defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot and offensive coordinator James Coley, Morgan became the program’s 13th commit of the 2013 recruiting class. He also became the program’s first tight end commit of the class.
A three-year contributor, Morgan was used more as a blocking tight end last season for Prestonwood, but he did manage to snag 13 receptions for 191 yards.
“As a tight end, I think he’s very close to everything you look for,” Prestonwood coach Chris Cunningham said of Morgan. “He’s definitely going to get the job done when it comes to securing the edges and blocking, but he’s also a dangerous receiver. He’s a kid who can get you some good mismatches.
“They’re going to get a young man who will continue to work to be what they see him being. When you recruit kids, you’re not really looking at where they are at this point but where they can be. He has the work ethic, character and drive. All of that has been strong with Christian over the last three years.”
Morgan is excited about the opportunity of playing as a true “Y,” a traditional tight end used for blocking rather than a flex player who can split out wide. Morgan could see time early: FSU lost two seniors at the position and is converting defender Dan Hicks -- who will be a senior when Morgan's a freshman -- to pair with rising sophomore Nick O'Leary, who led the Seminoles in receptions by tight ends.
Academically, Florida State fit Morgan, as he is looking to not only major in business but also graduate early. He said he met with business-school representatives, who developed a plan for him to get a degree in three years and work on a master’s degree before his eligibility is up. Florida State has been nationally recognized for its business program.
It was enough for him to instantly turn his fourth choice into his No. 1 option.
“I’m just really excited to be a part of the family,” Morgan said. “It was a big thing to me knowing I’d be going to a school I can be proud of representing the rest of my life. When I came home after the visit and talked to everyone around me, they all told me to shoot for the stars.
“To have a place like that believe in me, it made me say, ‘Why not?’ It’s an incredible opportunity. I’m ready to be a Seminole.”