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Who is Manny Morgan? | by Matthew Manuri | SoFloBulls.com |

| by Matthew Manuri| SoFloBulls.com |

Who is Manny Morgan? This is a question that should have been addressed by major media outlets after the star Naples High School RB dashed for 1,319 yards as a Junior.

Still not impressed? How about a kid with the drive to want more? Following his impressive Junior campaign, Morgan set a 2,000 yard rushing goal for his Senior season.

All talk? I think not.

Morgan made his goal a reality by joining the track team between his Junior & Senior seasons, determined to improve his quickness & overall speed. Morgan met & exceeded his Senior goal with 2,069 yards, which included three 200+ yard games & a 351 yard, 4 TD performance against N. Miami in the 2012 season opener. Morgan’s performance against Class 8A N. Miami earned him the PhotoBallGuy.com Player of Week 1 Award.

Morgan had this to say about his efforts to reach his goal during our Q&A: β€œWhat led me to get 2,000-yards rushing were track, hitting the weight room hard, studying film from past seasons, my O-Line, and the extra running I did in the summer.”

Morgan ran for 100+ yards in 10 of his last 13 games & had 3 straight seasons with more than 1,000 yards on the ground. I also want to point out that in Morgan’s other three unmentioned games he ran for at least 91+ yards, including the Class 6A State Semi-Finals against Miami Central.

Who is Manny Morgan? | by Matthew Manuri | SoFloBulls.com |

Morgan highlighted some 2012 accolades during our discussion as well: β€œI’m the 2012 Florida Class 6A Player of the Year, 6A All-State First Team 2012 & was 6A All-State Second Team last year. I was also named the Florida Varsity Player of the Week, I’ve been the leading area rusher three years straight, & I won the 2012 Naples Daily News Broxson Award.” Morgan also was selected to the FACA All District 18 Offense Team-Large Schools, was named District 18 Player of the Year, played in the Florida North-South All Star Game, & was selected to the FBU International All-Star Game.

Unimpressed still, seriously?

Morgan’s beastly 2,069 yard Senior season cemented him in the 2nd slot on Naples High’s single-season rushing list, only trailing Naples legend Duane Coleman’s 2,814 yards in 2001. When I asked Morgan to describe his feelings on becoming the 2nd all-time single season rusher in Naples HS history Morgan replied, β€œI feel great about being one of the best running backs to ever come out of Naples High through my hard work & dedication.”

Morgan finished his career at Naples HS with 4,546 yards & 49 TDs, yet in-state programs have seemed to overlook his on the field success. Morgan currently holds offers from Minnesota, Hawaii, Youngstown State, Akron, Georgia Southern, Duquesne, & New Hampshire.

When I asked Morgan his thoughts on playing for USF he responded, β€œI would love to play for them [USF] because I always wanted to be a Bull and play close to home so my family could see me. I have a family member that attends USF and I would be honored to attend the same college.”

Morgan elaborated further on the possibility of playing for Coach Taggart, β€œIt would feel great to play for a new coach as long as he [Coach Taggart] believes I could help contribute to his philosophy and his upstart into a winning program. I think it’s good he [Coach Taggart] wants to keep Florida kids in the state and to build a winning program.”

I’m sure at this point you’re waiting for a catch right?

The major diss on Morgan is exactly what he was determined to improve: speed. Morgan improved his 40-yard dash this year from the ESPN listed 4.81 to an elusive 4.55 [laser].

I truly believe this overlooked recruit should see offers roll in as National Signing Day Approaches & I would love to see Morgan adorning our Green & Gold for the next four to five years.

Now that you know who Manny Morgan is spread the word!

by Matthew Manuri
USF Rivals Columnist | RunningTheBulls.com
@USFBulls_Rivals | @Mcknurkle

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