Quartterrio Morgan kept his Tech commitment under wraps

A few minutes on the phone with Quartterrio Morgan tells you a lot about the attitude and character of Georgia Tech’s latest football commitment.

Morgan, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back from Jonesboro’s Mt. Zion High School, said he actually committed to the Yellow Jackets almost two weeks ago. But he felt no need to call a press conference or summon Rivals or Scout. The news finally just eked out Thursday morning.

“I just didn’t worry about it,” Morgan said. “Everybody knew that was the school I wanted to go to anyway. I was born about five minutes from Georgia Tech, over in East Point, and I’ve lived here all my life. My recruitment has been kind of slow but I haven’t really worried about it.”

In fact, Georgia Tech was the first and only offer Morgan received. Then again, it was the only one he wanted.

“That was the school I was looking forward to going to in the first place,” he said. “I really wanted to go there. I’ve been over there a couple of times. I know a bunch of the dudes already over there. There wasn’t any reason to drag it out.”

Morgan was just starting to gain some recruiting interest from Georgia. He is good friends Bulldogs commitments Amarlo Herrera and Corey Moore.

According to coach Jamie Aull, the Yellow Jackets uncovered a gem.

“He’s probably the toughest football I’ve ever coached and I coached Martin Ward before he went to Marshall,” who was at Mt. Zion for five years before taking over as head coach for this coming season. “He’s the same kind of player. He could play position on the field and he gets better as the game goes along. In my opinion he’s one of the best backs in the state.”

Morgan has the stats to back it up. Playing in one of the city’s toughest regions, he rushed for 1,470 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior at Mt. Zion last season. He’s already over 3,100 yards for his career.

“Georgia Tech got in on him early and discovered him before anybody,” Aull said. “They’re the only ones to offer him so far but I’ll guarantee you he’ll have 10 offers by June. Tech’s lucky to have him.”

Morgan said he plans to major in landscape architecture at the Institute. He would like to graduate from high school early but is not yet sure if he’ll be able to.

In the meantime, Morgan is psyched to have his recruitment behind him and intends to concentrate on getting bigger, stronger and faster for college. He’s currently competing in two of the more grueling events in track — the 400 and 800 — in order to stay in optimum condition. “I like the pain,” he quipped.

As for his multi-lettered first name, I verified the spelling with Morgan. It indeed includes two Ts and three Rs. As for its derivation: “My cousin had it. He died when I was 2.”

But that’s nothing. His middle name? T’kel.

84 comments Add your comment

b3rg

March 25th, 2010
4:43 pm

Congrats Quartterrio! Welcome to Tech.

hiveredtech

March 25th, 2010
4:48 pm

Seems like a kid that likes to just do his job without a lot of fluff. According to Rivals, he does not have a cell phone…keep a Facebook page…or any of that. I love it!! It makes him hard to reach…but the GT coaches have been on him all along since Morgan was right down the road.

Great find…and welcome to GT Quartterrio! You are part of the GTech family!

Cleveland, OH jacket

March 25th, 2010
4:49 pm

Welcome to the Flats!

Paddy

March 25th, 2010
4:50 pm

There are sleepers every year and it sounds like Tech was smart enough to pull the trigger on this RB. My guess he will be called QT, makes sense does is not. Tech got him on the QT!

GT45

March 25th, 2010
5:14 pm

No young man wants to be called cutie by his teammates. Quart is a good name-I heard it on a Western movie! Anyway, glad to have you and good luck! Go Jackets-

brucemac

March 25th, 2010
5:14 pm

Congratulation to the young man, sounds like he knows what he wants and that is the kind you want.

Dawgmess

March 25th, 2010
5:32 pm

Congratulations, Tech. I don’t know what kind of ball player this kid is but I like his attitude and focus. Best of all he committed without all the fanfare BS and hat tricks. Hope he works out for y’all.

UggA

March 25th, 2010
5:32 pm

How about just “Q”

Jaded Jacket

March 25th, 2010
5:34 pm

Right on cue, “Q” scores another TD.

Anti-Alternative

March 25th, 2010
5:35 pm

Um…Tech doesn’t offer landscape architecture. We have Architecture, Industrial Design, and Building Construction (AKA – construction management/city planning). And all three must go through a first year studio program known to the students as “Archi-torture”…not many football players have ever completed a full undergrad in any of those 3 schools within Tech’s College of Architecture. You want anything in the College of Management, dude. Officially ranked higher than UGA’s business school!

Either way, welcome to the Flats!

I am just saying!

March 25th, 2010
5:40 pm

He will end up at another school before next Feb.

Anti-Alternative

March 25th, 2010
5:42 pm

How obvious is it that I haven’t been with a women in over 5 years?

Yikes!

March 25th, 2010
5:43 pm

Anti-Alternative – It is pretty obvious!

Anti-Alternative

March 25th, 2010
5:44 pm

Actually, I’ll be honest, after that 1st year the BC majors don’t have an intense schedule…it’s basically a management degree. Bet it’d be easy enough if he redshirts his first year. Then it’d be easy enough to network into landscape industry stuff after that. Where there’s a will…

Blue

March 25th, 2010
5:47 pm

I’m going to try to channel a UGA fan here, just to see what it feels like. “You only got him because we didn’t recruit him, we didn’t want him and if we had offered he would have accepted and if he declined, then we didn’t really want him anyway because anybody that doesn’t want to be a DAWG is a retard. Oh yeah…I almost forgot…the kid must be a loser since he is going to GT…GO DAWGS…arf arf arf!!”. Ouch…that really hurt. I need to be pressure washed.

Anti-Alternative

March 25th, 2010
5:48 pm

wow, the old “middle school-aged bulldog fan stealing your handle” trick. Didn’t see THAT ONE coming…

Blue

March 25th, 2010
5:53 pm

anti; I don’t think they really learn something that advanced at UGA until their 3rd sophomore year.

Anti-Alternative

March 25th, 2010
5:58 pm

Blue, I was sure we couldn’t be dealing with anyone older than 13….he still hasn’t mastered tenses in the English language. His use of “a women” leads me to believe its either a language problem or he has not figured out what a WOMAN is. But those UGA sophs can be up to 30 years old yet type like a 12 year old, so who knows…

dawg fan

March 25th, 2010
5:59 pm

blue is an idiot. good luck to the kid.

Blue

March 25th, 2010
6:02 pm

dawg fan; not my fault that so many of your dawg brethren do that very thing on these blogs. By the way…great retort! You’ve got me reeling in the vice-like grip of your witty banter. Peace out…and thanks for wishing the kid luck.

I LOVE HSFOOTBALL

March 25th, 2010
6:04 pm

Morgan is a great RB and deserves to go to Tech. I watched him play against Alcovy High in a big region game he performed great. There’s a sophmore back that play for Alcovy name Tre Sorrells, he’s the best back coming up hands down.That boy did things i never seen before. GOOGLE HIS NAME AND YOU’LL SEE WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT and look at his HIGHLIGHT ON YOUTUBE. Georgia or Tech better not let him leave the the state.

Anti-Alternative

March 25th, 2010
6:10 pm

So…are you Tre? Maybe his dad? Don’t worry, neither Tech nor Georgia will miss out on good backs. Running the ball lives down here in the Peach State!

Sleep late lose weight

March 25th, 2010
6:37 pm

What a great opportunity for a great back, Tech does a great job ignoring rankings and relying on its own evaluation.I LOVE HSFOOTBALL YOU MIGHT NEED TO SLOW DOWN when saying best back coming up because you couldnt have seen WILLIE DAVIS at STEPHENSON HIGH SCHOOL. THIS kid is one of the best backs that i have EVER seen not just this year but EVER. You can look him up on youtube also so before you make statements like that you need to look around and see what all the state has to offer.

Jacket Backer

March 25th, 2010
6:48 pm

welcome to the flats!

Go Jackets!

redhairpimplefacetechnerd

March 25th, 2010
7:15 pm

AlabamaRamblinwreck

March 25th, 2010
7:22 pm

Welcome to GT, Quartterrio. We are very excited that you have committed to joining the Tech family. Have a great finish to this year and a wonderful senior year in high school, both in the classroom and on the field!!

The Supreme Authority

March 25th, 2010
7:51 pm

Prediction: Quarterrio will not only get a Tech degree, but will become another Georgia Tech All-American.

No NFL Dreams?

March 25th, 2010
7:52 pm

Why pick Tech? Don’t you want to play in the NFL? Everyone knows that GT’s Football program doesn’t produce NFL caliber players.

Enjoy the next 4 years of beatdowns from UGA!

Matthews Dawg

March 25th, 2010
8:20 pm

I think Tech people and others calling it the Institute is hilarious! It’s a good school, but you guys are thinking way to highly of yourselves! Good luck to the kid!

dawg fan

March 25th, 2010
8:35 pm

blue is gay. 30-24

Nick the outsider LOL

March 25th, 2010
8:54 pm

No NFL Dreams?
Calvin Johnson? Derrick Morgan? Jon Dwyer? De……………
what the heck you’re not gonna understand it anyway

Da U

March 25th, 2010
8:55 pm

I heard his brother Dimerrio is one to watch in three years.

Pennyria

March 25th, 2010
8:58 pm

I’m in third grade and I just committed to go to Georgia Tech University.

matt

March 25th, 2010
9:17 pm

Hey, if I had committed to tech, I would probably not tell anyone either!

Delbert D.

March 25th, 2010
9:39 pm

What did Favors take while he was here? They don’t have to commit to majors as freshmen do they?

Frank

March 25th, 2010
9:46 pm

Quartterrio, congratulations on getting to attend the school you wanted. Best of luck, except of course on the last Saturday in November.

And as always,
THWGT!!!!!!!!!!

Technophobia

March 25th, 2010
10:07 pm

Sounds like a great recruit. Welcome to the Georgia Institute of Technology.

North Avenue Bum

March 25th, 2010
10:34 pm

Does anybody have a case quartterrio?

Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali

March 25th, 2010
10:36 pm

And here I thought my name was odd, welcome to the Flats.

FL Dawg

March 25th, 2010
10:57 pm

Sounds like a good kid. Best of luck to him in his individual endeavors. Work hard, stay out of trouble and get your degree.

Taco

March 25th, 2010
11:12 pm

No cell? No facebook? I love this kid and I will even cheer for him this year if they play my Griffin Bears!

Dawgs Fan

March 25th, 2010
11:46 pm

If I made a commitment to GT I would have kept it under wraps too.

GT

March 26th, 2010
12:03 am

kinda easy to keep it “under wraps” when there is only one offer. jeez!

good luck though

Mr. Wonder

March 26th, 2010
12:43 am

His committment is the best thing since sliced breaderrio.

Tater Tot

March 26th, 2010
1:21 am

Go Dawgs !!!

bkbroila4224

March 26th, 2010
1:58 am

WhoTF? is martin ward…?

A fan

March 26th, 2010
5:30 am

bkbroila- What about the mom that named her twins alec and his Danny DeVito sized twin Zander? Did she think she was just having one, but when the other came out she just split the name in half?

JB

March 26th, 2010
7:17 am

SickandTired

March 26th, 2010
7:34 am

Congrats to a kid who seems to have his head screwed on right. How refreshing to see a kid get the offer he wanted all along and commit without dragging it out. Much like the kid from Collins Hill in Gwinnett County. Paul Johnson seems to recruit in a solid manner and it resonates with solid young men who obviously have come from supportive families that encourage honesty and straightforwardness with their futures. Georgia fans opt for the more flashy dedicated kids that are embraced by the fan base as solid kids looking for a solid football program then they have someone like Rogers kid from Calhoun spit in their face. Georgia Tech, a solid school with a solid coach that demands discipline and expects nothing less. Georgia: The Wisconsin of the SEC. Georgia deserves better than they have at the top.

Buzzkill

March 26th, 2010
7:34 am

Wow, GT offered this kid? Haaaaaa whoooooo haaaaaaa, buuuuhaaaaaaaa, I wonder what film the GT staff saw of this kid, I mean the Coaches Daughter is tougher than quarter moe! Lol, yea tech you got a great future men’s room attendant there, buhaaaaaaaaaa!