'Confident' Morgan signs with Western Kentucky

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

When Quartterrio Morgan and Georgia Tech ended their recruiting relationship last July, the former Mount Zion running back never looked back.

Playing in a high-profile conference like the ACC has always been a goal of Morgan, but he is now excited about the opportunity to play at Western Kentucky.

The Hilltoppers just recently moved up to the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Div. I-A) and compete in the Sun Belt Conference. It's not the same limelight of playing in a major conference, but Morgan has no regrets about his choice.

"Nope, not at all," Morgan said. "I'm happy with Western Kentucky. I really like the people that I will be surrounded and the atmosphere at the school."

Morgan will be a part of what some recruiting analysts are calling the best recruiting class in the Sun Belt Conference. The Hilltoppers went 2-10 in coach Willie Taggart's first season.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back signed his letter-of-intent with three teammates in the school's media center Wednesday morning.

Former Mount Zion coach Jarrett Laws made the trip over from Drew, where he serves in the same position.

"I had to come see my babies," Laws said. "This has me blushing. I knew from the first day they stepped on campus that this was going to be a special group."

At Western Kentucky, Morgan will battle former Griffin standout BobRainey for playing time this season. A rising senior, Rainey rushed for 1,649 yards and 15 touchdowns. The two hit it off when Morgan made his official visit to the Bowling Green campus.

"We are both from the same area, so we had something in common," Morgan said. "I'm looking forward to battling against him in practice."

Despite missing three games this season with a leg injury, he rushed for 989 yards and eight touchdowns. In addition to Western Kentucky, Morgan entertained offers from Memphis, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and Troy.

Mount Zion coach Jamie Aull said that the circumstances involving his recruitment at Georgia Tech changed his entire outlook on the process. Morgan was one of the first juniors to commit to Tech, but an academic issue arose which caused both parties to discontinue the recruiting process.

"It changed the process, and Quarters became more protective of himself," Aull said. "It was nobody's fault, but it just changed his attitude. He started to think a little more careful before deciding to commit to another school."

Aull acknowledged that Morgan's "confidence" allowed him to move beyond his Georgia Tech recruitment.

"I don't know if you can humble him," Aull joked. "It didn't matter if it was Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky or Florida State recruiting him, he is who he is. His belief in himself is what you like in Quarters. I think that belief kept him going."