“My mom always told me when I was little and I'll never forget it. She said 'baby I don't know what it is that you're doing but you don’t let the boys catch the ball' I said 'Mom that's called corner' and she said 'your going to be a good corner'." For DeAndre Morgan, his mother and brother DaJuan Morgan who was drafted in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, football would be a very big part of their lives.
The younger Morgan (DeAndre) said he knew that he could have a shot at playing in the pros when he arrived at NC State saying, "I was doing everything he didn't do when he first got to college." It was early on at NC State that Morgan began to display the traits of something special being one of just two red-shirt freshman in 2007 to become starters for the Wolfpack, playing along side his older brother DaJuan.
It seemed like destiny that DeAndre would flourish with the Wolfpack and follow in the foot steps of his older brother, but his time at NC State changed after his brother declared early for the NFL.
"When Tom O'Brien dismissed me from the team I didn't do no drugs I didn't get kicked out of nothing. He just told me they were going in a different direction,” says Morgan. "We had family problems back home. My brother was like rated the number one safety so my brother left. That's when Tom O'Brien and them started, they brought a freshman in, they were cutting my time and all this and I was like, 'What’s going on?'
"They brought me in the office and told me they were going in a new direction. I couldn't argue with them and could of fought it and stayed there, but he wasn't going to play me so there wasn't any need for me to stay and not play."
That might have been the lowest point for Morgan who at the time was rated as one of the up-and-comers heading to the NFL. "It was so crazy,” Morgan says when talking about sitting out a year adding “I was in the mock drafts I was an impact player on the game, and not to parade myself or anything, everybody just forgot about me within that year.”-
Time doesn’t stop for anyone, especially in the fast pace what-have-you-done-for-me-lately business of professional sports. North Alabama was the destination of Morgan’s college career saying “I’m just so thankful I had another opportunity to play the game that I love."
During his pro day which was held in the wind and rain, Morgan put together one impressive outing, posting 4.37 forty, 35 vertical jump and 10’01” broad jump. "I'm faster than that. (Morgan Laughs) People tell me like "oh you complain about that" and I'm like yah I'm complaining because I know I can run faster.”
Morgan prides himself on his speed and his favorite player growing up was Deion Sanders, and he even has ‘Prime Time’ tattooed on the inside of his arms. The Riviera Beach, Fla. Native jokes that he is a better tackler than Deion but says “He's fast I'm fast. His cover skills were great and mine are good and still working on mine with things to improve on. I gave up one touchdown at NC State and I had over 2,000 snaps."
At 182 pounds the heaviest he has ever been along with his 4.37 speed and NFL pedigree, Morgan is yet another ‘Diamond in the Rough’ with enough talent to warrant looks moving ahead.
Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.
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