Jordan Morgan chooses Cal
A college town inside a big city and an optometrist across from the football stadium helped Jordan Morgan cease his school search.
The former Valley Christian quarterback/safety/punter committed to the University of California in Berkeley on Sunday, hours after he visited the campus for the first time.
Morgan, who led the Trojans to a 2A state championship as a junior last season, had drawn interest from the Big Ten, Pac-10 and the military academies.
Morgan passed for 1,516 yards and 23 TDs, rushed for 1,407 yards and 20 TDs, made 139 tackles with five interceptions on defense and averaged 44 yards per punt last season as a junior.
He said he’d narrowed his choices to Stanford and Cal. His rapport with associate coach Ron Gould from two years ago, as well as defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast (the former Cardinals defensive coordinator) swayed him to the Berkeley side of the Bay Area.
In addition to studying medicine and optometry, Jordan said he’s plans on playing safety in college, and “there’s always a chance they could see my punting skills.”
Jordan’s father, Bill, resigned as Valley Christian’s coach after last season, so the Morgans must appeal a hardship for Jordan to be declared eligible to play high school football for his senior season, most likely at Chandler High. Those appeals won’t be heard until the middle of August.
In the meantime, another future hurdle appears to have been cleared.
“I thought I’d decide after my senior year but it has everything I want,” Jordan said. “I didn’t want to be anywhere else. It can’t get much better than California weather and Pac-10 football.”