Mount Zion's Morgan no longer a GT commitment

By Derrick Mahone


This past March, Quartterrio Morgan thought he had his future college plans mapped out.

The Mount Zion running back was the second player to commit for 2011 to Georgia Tech when he announced on March 25 that he was going to be a Yellow Jacket.

Three weeks ago, those plans changed as Morgan is back entertaining scholarship offers. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back said Friday during a Region 4-AAAA media day that he will not likely qualify for entrance into Georgia Tech.

"It is real disappointing because I really wanted to play for Tech," Morgan said. "I've opened the recruiting back up. I wasn't going to get in Tech at this point. There is a chance, but for now, I'm looking at some other schools."

Mount Zion coach Jamie Aull said he has some offers including Tulane, Indiana and Illinois State. The coach said that Memphis is on the verge of offering and Ole Miss wants to see film from the teams first two games.

Last season, Morgan rushed for 1,100 yards and 21 touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs into the Class AAAA playoffs. He is considered a three star athlete by both rivals.com and scout.com. Morgan was a standout on the school's track team last spring before a hamstring injury sidelined him for most of the season. He was second in the region in the 400-meters to qualify for state.

"He has got to impress, but we depend on him a lot anyway," Aull said. "I think the football part will be find for him. He knows what is expected."

The Bulldogs open the season Sept. 3 against Jonesboro at Twelves Oaks Stadium before taking on Forest Park on Sept. 10 at Tara Stadium.

Aull said that this latest obstacle has been an eye-opening experience for Morgan.

"He had been in cruise control," Aull said. "Academics is where he has to buckle down. The Tech offer is on the table if he can get in. He is just not where he needs to be. They do their GPA a little different. They have high academic standards. Some other schools have been coming in and looking at him. I know it will work out for him."