Notre Dame football recruiting: Which hat did Nyles Morgan pack?

TYLER JAMES
South Bend Tribune

Nyles Morgan knows where he wants to go.

Now the public will wait until Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl to learn the destination.

When Morgan arrived in San Antonio on Sunday, 247Sports national recruiting writer Steve Wiltfong spoke with Notre Dame’s top remaining inside linebacker recruit.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound prospect said he hasn’t in-formed the winning school of his decision, but doesn’t in-tend to make his announcement a “hat” game.

Morgan told Wiltfong that he’ll bring just one hat to the table for his commitment which will be televised live during NBC’s broadcast of the Army Bowl. The game starts at 1 p.m. ET.

Most believe he’s packed a Notre Dame hat.

“I just felt like overall that spot was the best decision for me and my family and also my future,” Morgan told Wiltfong.

Vanderbilt, Florida and Ole Miss are other contenders.

“Things started going Notre Dame's way in the fall,” Wiltfong said. “He took that visit to Notre Dame for the USC game. That's when things really started rocking and rolling. Notre Dame was the school that Nyles was really high on early in the process, then for whatever reason things slowed down. Things have really picked up for Notre Dame and Nyles."

Morgan eventually visited Notre Dame three times this fall – twice for games and once for a practice the day before Thanksgiving.

The Irish staff has been able to maintain a strong relationship with Morgan despite losing his lead recruiter, former offensive coordinator Chuck Martin, who left for Miami of Ohio, and position coach, former defensive coordinator Bob Diaco who left for UConn.

"Nyles really started building a great relationship with Brian Kelly,” Wiltfong said. “I think there's no question that his family was always high on Notre Dame. It was more about Nyles coming around to the idea of going to Notre Dame."

Three Notre Dame commits will also play in Saturday’s Army Bowl: tight end Nic Weishar, offensive tackle Quenton Nelson and outside linebacker Richard Yeargin III. Wiltfong gave a review of all three recruits playing for the East team.

*On Weishar: “He looked like the go-to guy for the East team on the first day. Nobody caught more passes than him. He did it in a variety of ways. Nic will go over the middle. You can throw the ball to Nic deep. He has great ball skills, uses his frame well and he's a physical runner after the catch."

*On Nelson: “He looks like one of the starters. He was playing left tackle. When you come to the all-star games, the defensive line typically has the edge when you're in-stalling things. Quenton more than held his own against some of these elite pass rushers coming off the edge. He really did a fantastic job. There's no question that he's one of Notre Dame's top commits in the 2014 class."

*On Yeargin: “He definitely has a lot of room to grow physically at 6-4, 225 pounds. He has some twitch to him. He's a guy that can play multiple linebacker positions. Down here, he hasn't had much of an opportunity. At these all-star games, these linebackers just don't get to do as much as the other position groups. Linebackers are hitters and if you're going 80 percent or half-speed, they don't really get to show you what they can do."

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2014 Notre Dame inside linebacker target Nyles Morgan will announce his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Photo courtesy of Tom Lemming.