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What a week it’s been for four-star tight end Christian Morgan.
Morgan, of Plano, Texas, de-committed from Florida State three days ago. On Sunday, he made what he said is his final commitment, to Ole Miss, after the Rebels’ 30-27 loss to Texas A&M.
“I feel at home there. I trust he coaches. That’s who I want to play for,” he said. “This is close enough from home that I can still drive here, but far enough where I can make my own path. I’m real excited to commit to an SEC school and be a part of something special here at Ole Miss.”
There won’t be another change of heart. Morgan, who joins Marietta, Ga., tight end Evan Engram in Ole Miss’ 2013 recruiting class, said he’s done with his recruitment. His decision is final.
“It’s over. I wanted it to be over the first time,” Morgan said. “I really never meant for it to turn into that. But it’s done. This is where I want to go to school, and this is where I want to play football.”
Ole Miss has a need for tight ends. Seniors Ferbia Allen and Jamal Mosley are gone following the 2012 season. Ole Miss has recruited Morgan to come in and play right away, if not start, the minute he steps on campus.
“I come in here and I start right away is what they said to me,” he said. “They told me that’s the reason they recruited me is to come in here and immediately play. That was a big thing for me and shows how much confidence they have in me and how much they believe they can develop me into the player I need to be.”
But there are areas in his game he’ll look to work on throughout his senior season, namely route-running, catching the ball and strength and conditioning.
“I think everything,” he said. “Just route-running, catching the ball. I think strength and conditioning is a big thing, too. I look forward to getting with (Ole Miss strength and conditioning) Coach (Paul) Jackson and the rest of the strength staff and figuring out where I need to be and when I need to be there and all that good stuff.”
Ole Miss led by 10 points with just over six minutes to play Saturday against Texas A&M, only to see its lead disappear en route to a three-point loss. However, Morgan saw positives in the game.
Ole Miss is 3-3 overall and 0-2 in Southeastern Conference games.
“I took a lot of positive things. I thought Ole Miss controlled the whole game. I thought Ole Miss was the better team than they were, and that’s a top-25 team that should’ve beat Florida,” Morgan said.
“I think as hard as that loss was, there were a lot of positive things that can come from that. It’s really positive to see most of the guys out there making plays are really young guys. Seeing the players play as hard as they did and buying into Coach Freeze and Coach Freeze’s system, I think is a positive thing. They’re headed in the right direction, for sure.”
Ole Miss next faces Auburn at 11 a.m. Saturday. Morgan feels Ole Miss is on the cusp of being a really good football team.
“It’s right there. There’s no doubt,” he said. “That’s the one thing that nobody really realizes is that it’s not that one team’s talented and the other’s not. This is SEC football. Everyone can play. It’s little things here and there.
“That’s what’s so special about (Ole Miss head) Coach (Hugh) Freeze’s philosophy. He starts from the inside-out, as far as his players and treating them the right way personally, spiritually and the rest comes from that. If you start from the foundation, the rest will handle itself. Him coming in and implementing the stuff he is, and everybody’s trying to buy in, once he gets everything on the same page and everyone has that same hunger, I think special things will happen.”