Marcus Morgan breaks down Iowa City West's Boot win Iowa City Press-Citizen
Normally, in April, Marcus Morgan would be busy.
The four-sport, Iowa City West junior would be immersed in his track and field season. At the same time, he'd be prepping to travel around the country for AAU basketball. He'd also be throwing a baseball as much as he could to get ready for the summer. On top of all that, he'd be taking football visits around the Midwest and perhaps training for combines and college camps.
Instead, in this anything-but-normal April, Morgan is staying as busy as someone possibly can during a global pandemic.
He's lifting weights at his friend's house. He's riding his bike. He's throwing a few times a week. And, whenever he can, he and a few friends find their ways to an empty field to train for football season — if that even occurs.
"I'm doing the best that I can," Morgan told the Register.
Morgan is one of Iowa's top overall athletes. He could legitimately go Division I in three sports. He's a three-star quarterback, a mid-major-level combo guard and a potential professional pitcher. He's also a well-rounded track and field athlete.
He's the Register's No. 5 in-state 2021 basketball prospect, with interest from Northern Iowa and Loyola-Chicago. He's the Register's No. 10 in-state football prospect, with offers from Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Dartmouth. He's a Power Five baseball prospect, with offers from Iowa and Penn State.
Options, options and more options.
So ... what the heck is he going to do?
As of now, Morgan said he's mainly focusing on baseball and football. But he did say that if an intriguing opportunity arises on the hardwood, he'll consider that, as well.
"I just want to have the best opportunity," Morgan said. "And to be 100% honest with you right now, I think my best opportunity is in baseball. Just as of right now, and where football recruiting is at compared to baseball, as far as opportunity. But I'm still looking to play football, of course. Basketball is basketball, we’ll see how that goes. But I'm still looking at both sports pretty equally right now."
Outside of his three football offers, Morgan is also fielding gridiron interest from North Dakota State, Northwestern, Missouri, Northern Illinois and Miami of Ohio. He was set to unofficially visit Missouri in April, but that's no longer taking place because of pandemic conditions.
It makes sense why Morgan is looking primarily at football and baseball. It isn't rare to see a 6-foot-3 guard. But it is much more rare to find a 6-3, nimble quarterback with his kind of arm talent, or a 6-3 pitcher whose fastball touched 90 mph as a sophomore.
Morgan is also open to the option of playing both football and baseball in college. Both baseball staffs at Iowa and Penn State would be fine with him doing that, and he said he's discussed that possibility with Iowa and Penn State's football staffs, too.
"More options is never a bad thing. Obviously, it's gonna be tough. Whether I'm playing two sports or one, it’ll be an adjustment," he said. "The more options, the better, for me."
Matt Campbell's Cyclones staff offered Morgan after his sophomore year. Since then, they've added a 2021 quarterback recruit in Texas three-star prospect Charles Wright.
Morgan said Iowa State is still recruiting him, though.
"They’re still thinking about whether they want to take two quarterbacks in the class or not," he said.
Morgan completed 142 of 231 passes for 1,723 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. In basketball, he averaged 9.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 43.8% from 3-point range. As a sophomore last summer, he went 10-0 with a 0.71 ERA, 105 strikeouts and a .148 opponents batting average. As a sophomore in track and field, he finished seventh at the state meet in the Class 4A high jump and qualified for high jump at the Drake Relays.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.
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