Christian Morgan ready to develop in Baylor's complex, physical scheme

December 5, 2017
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The owner of the No. 1 SPARQ score in the country for the 2018 recruiting cycle at 144.0 and is set to enroll at Baylor in January.

Meet Porter (TX) High School's Christian Morgan‍, a freak athlete who has decided to put his trust into the hands of Phil Snow and Fran Brown to take his elite athletic ability to groom him into a great football player.  At 6-foot-0 and 190 pounds, Morgan's 40-yard dash of 4.56 seconds, shuttle of 4.03 seconds and vertical of 42.8 inches provides great evidence that he has the raw ability to play in the NFL, but he knows it will take some additional work.

"They believe in me so much that I can really be a special player for BU," Morgan said. "They always mention that when they take my athleticism and teach me what they know, I have a chance to be a great football player."

Morgan was among the group of 10 prospects who took an official visit to Baylor the first weekend of December and left with an even better understanding of his future teammates and coaches while having questions answered that he had prior to enrolling for the spring semester.

"It was great," Morgan said. "I feel like we made a move on all the uncommitted recruits who were there. A lot of my questions were answered during the visit by talking to the players and coaches. Overall a great weekend and can't wait to get to Waco."

While he was hosted by freshman linebacker Terrel Bernard, Morgan spent time with several Baylor players, giving him an opportunity to ask the whats and whys that were on his mind.

"All the players I talked to told me how tough (the coaches) are on them about every little thing," Morgan said. "And also how physical practice is with every little attention to detail being accounted for."

A player who prides himself on being physical, Morgan won't shy away from a heavy dose of physical practices, but it wasn't just the adding of physical nature of the program that had forced a dramatic change in less than a year since the arrival of Matt Rhule.

"The players were explaining how it's so different from the last coaching staff," Morgan said. "Like, they didn't have to really know every single formation the offense was in. They just had to know if they were 2x2, 3x1 or empty. Coach Snow wants you to know the offensive play by formation and splits before they even run it."

That shouldn't come as a surprise to Baylor fans who have heard defensive coordinator Phil Snow discuss the lengthy timeline of installing his defense. What may come as a surprise is that the physical practices throughout the season were viewed as a positive by the defense and not a hindrance.

"They also said the physicality in practice is very different," Morgan said. "Tuesday and Wednesday are the most physical practices of the week in season. They all said that it made them tougher and better as a defense throughout the season."

Morgan committed to the Bears over offers from Arizona State, Iowa State, Northwestern, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt among many others. 

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