When Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson made a call to brothers Brad and Scott Morgan offering them a each scholarship to play on the Flats, it was the day that they'd both been waiting for. Georgia Tech is a school close to their Woodstock home and one of just a few programs willing to offer a scholarship to both Morgans, making it a no-brainer for Brad. He was willing and ready to commit on the spot, one of the conditions of Paul Johnson's offer, and did just that on July 25th of last year, cementing his status as a future Jacket.
As a Recruit
Morgan (I am referring to Brad Morgan every time I say "Morgan") is rated as a three-star offensive lineman by both 247Sports (with a 0.8109 composite ranking) and Rivals. He hails from Woodstock, GA, where he played at Etowah High School alongside his brother Scott, a fellow three-star lineman. Morgan chose to commit to Tech over offers from Air Force, Georgia State, East Carolina, and Southern Miss. Two other schools, Minnesota and Marshall, joined Tech in offering both he and his brother scholarship offers -- Brad and Scott Morgan were a package deal because they'd always planned on playing college football together. Morgan measures in at 6'-5" and about 265 pounds, which is a great place to start for a guy in an offense which values mobility and versatility as much as the triple-option attack does at Georgia Tech.
On film, Morgan appears as nothing less than a relentless and hungry blocker, whether it be in pass or run-blocking scenarios. He clearly has above average strength, as is evidenced by how easily he fights off even the bigger defenders while run blocking. Considering that he's a bit underweight for what might be considered ideal in an offensive lineman (don't be surprised to see him put on a few more pounds before suiting up), his power is quite remarkable. He can be seen routinely pancaking defenders in the highlight film above, which is a good indicator of both his aforementioned strength and his balance.
One thing I really like about Morgan is his ability to disengage from his defender, allowing himself to go pick up more blocks (see the 3:40 mark of the above video). This is an invaluable trait to have in a flexbone offense -- some of the best offensive linemen in recent Tech history, including Shaq Mason, have excelled in this very aspect of the game. Morgan's speed is not blazing by any means (his forty time is recorded at about 5.24), but it certainly won't be a hindrance to him at Tech -- he shows great mobility in the film, especially when he leads the ball carrier on those little toss plays to the left. Perhaps my favorite part of Morgan's overall game is the way that he plays from whistle to whistle. He doesn't let up from a block, even when the man he's blocking has been completely removed from the play. In fact, it looks like his goal on every snap is for his man to end up on the ground -- he accomplishes that feat more times than not.
What to Expect
At this point, it is hard to set a true expectation for Brad Morgan and his career as a Yellow Jacket. There will be such a great learning curve for him in his new offense that I honestly expect Paul Johnson to redshirt him for this upcoming season, especially given the great depth that Tech already has on the o-line and the equally deep 2015 class in terms of offensive linemen. Down the road, however, I fully expect Morgan (along with brother Scott) to become an integral part of Paul Johnson's triple-option attack. It may not be this season or next season, but Morgan is a true talent and will have his opportunity to contribute to Tech's success Saturdays.
Congratulations, Brad, and welcome to the Flats! We can't wait to see you take the field in white and gold!
What thoughts do you have on Morgan's film? Which part of his game are you most excited about?