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.