LINCOLN — Mom had a feeling.
That’s almost always a good thing for Nebraska’s football recruiting — even when the prospect is a big name from deep in SEC country.
The Huskers grabbed a key offensive commitment Friday night when New Orleans St. Augustine wide receiver Stanley Morgan officially committed to the Huskers on WWL-TV Prep Sports in New Orleans. Morgan’s commitment was expected for nearly a week after he postponed it from last Saturday, and he talked to The World-Herald via text Friday before the televised announcement.
“I would have never thought I would be going to Nebraska,” Morgan wrote. “I’m so glad I took my visit!”
His mom, Monique Jason, prodded him to do it. She came with him for the Sept. 27 night game against Illinois.
“I think she might love Nebraska more than I do,” Morgan wrote.
Husker fans, in turn, should likely enjoy the commit.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Morgan is a four-star prospect and one of the top 250 players in the nation according to Rivals (No. 222) and ESPN (No. 236). He’s a high three-star prospect according to 247Sports and Scout. Morgan had offers from Houston, Tulane, Louisiana Tech and Michigan State, and several Pac-12 schools were coming on strong for his services. Morgan’s final three, he wrote, were Tulane, Florida and NU.
He has been one of the top wideouts in New Orleans — for one of the city’s best programs — for three years. He has 46 catches for 891 yards and eight touchdowns in seven games this year; because of what NOLA.com called a “severely bruised shoulder,” he’ll miss at least the remaining regular-season games of St. Augustine’s season. Morgan wrote that he’d return for the playoffs should St. Augustine qualify.
As a sophomore in 2012, Morgan caught 61 passes for 806 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a junior in 2013, he caught 66 passes for 1,077 yards and 13 touchdowns.
A 5A program in Louisiana, St. Augustine has struggled this year but is perennially a powerhouse that has churned out several top prospects. Among them is former Nebraska and New Orleans Saints kick returner Tyrone Hughes, a mentor/trainer to Morgan.
St. Augustine coach Cyril Crutchfield was not able to be reached.
Morgan is the second wideout commit for the 2015 class, following the commitment of 6-2, 215-pound Atlanta-area athlete Nekyle Lundie, who could also play safety. Morgan said he’d like to play as a freshman, but Nebraska’s coaching staff — the recruiting effort was spearheaded by receivers coach Rich Fisher — made no promises.
“I love that the coaches didn’t promise I was going to play, but promised me if I work hard and do the things I’m supposed to do I can play as a freshman.”
Nebraska is likely not done recruiting wideouts, either. Other targets include:
» Three-star slot receiver Tony Brown of La Mirada (California) High School. At 6-1, 175 pounds, Brown is built similarly to Morgan. He visited for the Huskers’ 35-14 win over Purdue.
» Three-star wideout and Illinois commit A.D. Miller from Dallas Bishop Dunne Catholic High School. Miller, 6-3 and 185 pounds, visited for the Purdue game and recently took a visit to Texas Tech, too.
» Central Florida commit Cameron Stewart. The 6-3, 185-pound three-star prospect is from Snellville, Georgia — a town of 18,242 that’s 30 miles east of Atlanta. Stewart committed to UCF back in April but has scheduled a Nov. 22 trip to Lincoln for the Huskers’ game against Minnesota.
» Gary Jennings, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete from Stafford, Virginia. A three-star prospect, Jennings is currently committed to Vanderbilt and has a visit scheduled to Notre Dame on Nov. 22.
» Baltimore-area talent Lawrence Cager may be a long shot, as he has visits already set up to Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame. The 6-5, 202-pounder is a consensus four-star. Nebraska offered this week.
The Nebraska wideout position has been pummeled by injuries in 2014. The Huskers lost Jamal Turner (Achilles tear) and Sam Burtch (torn ACL) for the season, and Brandon Reilly missed the first half of the year with a hamstring injury. Aside from Kenny Bell — who’s also missed time with a pulled groin — and Jordan Westerkamp, the position’s performance has been uneven for most of the year. Two receivers Nebraska had hoped would be in the fold — true freshman Monte Harrison and transfer Damore’ea Stringfellow — chose pro baseball and flipped his commit to Ole Miss, respectively.
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