January 16, 2011

Top kicker reflects on UGA visit

Marshall Morgan said he had high expectations of what he would find prior to this weekend's unofficial visit to Georgia.

The 2012 kicking prospect from Florida wasn't disappointed.

"What sets Georgia apart for me is I'd be able to play right away," the junior at Mami's Archbishop Malloy said in a telephone interview Sunday afternoon. "I know if I go there I will be the guy, no worries. I enjoyed my visit a lot."

With kicker Blair Walsh and punter Drew Butler set to graduate after next year, the Bulldogs certainly have a need for Morgan's services.

As a junior, Morgan was the top-rated kicker in the state of Florida for the second year in a row, converting 15-of-16 field goals with a long of 53 yards and eight longer than 43.

That's not all.

As a punter, the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder averaged 43 yards per punt and on kickoffs put all but three of his kickoffs into or through the end zone.
Georgia coaches have told Morgan he would be given the opportunity to do both with the Bulldogs.

"I've done both all my life, that's all I've ever done," Morgan said. "They said I'd definitely get a chance to do both."

Morgan, who also has an offer from Florida State, might not be long making up his mind.

"I told Coach (Mark) Richt I have one more visit to make and I don't want to leave him hanging," Morgan said. "I'm going to take one more visit (Florida State) then sit down with my family after a week or two and pray about it. I'm sure my mom and dad will have their opinion, so we'll talk about it and go from there. I'll probably decide within the next month."

Morgan said he and his family arrived in Athens approximately 9:30 Saturday morning.

While on campus the family toured a snow-covered Sanford Stadium with assistant coach John Lilly.

"The whole field was just covered in snow and I actually threw a snowball at Coach Lilly; hit him right in the back," Morgan said. "He said he'd get me back but he never did."

Morgan also spent time with current Bulldog kicker Brandon Bogotay and later attended Saturday afternoon's gymnastics meet between Georgia and Utah.

"The gym meet was great," Morgan said. "I'm glad they took me out for something besides football all the time. The change was fun."

But ultimately, football was the reason Morgan came to Athens.

"Basically, Coach Richt was telling me everything I was hoping to hear," Morgan said. "They've already offered, so they're telling me I'm pretty much their guy. I liked what I saw. Everything on the visit went perfect."


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