Pack picks up Morgan

Staff WriterFebruary 4, 2004 

N.C. State accepted a football commitment from cornerback DaJuan Morgan this week after Ohio State rescinded its scholarship offer.

Morgan (6 feet 2, 185 pounds) didn't play this season at Riviera Beach (Fla.) Sun Coast, but the Buckeyes' reluctance was for academic reasons, not athletic.

Morgan is not in the top 50 percent of his graduating class at Sun Coast, despite having a 3.25 overall grade-point average. He is expected to easily meet NCAA freshman eligibility standards.

This is the second time that State has added an Ohio State recruit. Offensive lineman Derek Morris, who had originally signed with Ohio State, was a Wolfpack freshman last fall.

Ohio State, which defeated N.C. State 44-38 in triple overtime in Columbus last season, plays at N.C. State on Sept. 18.

BANKS TO AIR FORCE: Linebacker Pierre Banks (6-0, 200 pounds) of Southern Durham will sign with Air Force today instead of with Mississippi, to whom he committed earlier.

"Only the elite student-athletes in the country can go to Air Force," Banks said. "I am honored to have the opportunity."

Banks said he fell in love with Colorado Springs when he visited the academy.

"I was astonished at how beautiful it was," he said. "There were snow-capped mountains all around. I had never seen anything like it. I just kept staring at those mountains."

Banks will attend the Air Force Academy Prep School in the fall.

"I'm used to discipline," Banks said with a laugh. "I'm the 15th of 16 children. I've been bossed all of my life."

Southern Durham running back and defensive back Brandon Love (5-8, 175) will sign with Colgate. Southern linebacker Chris Johnson (5-11, 185) has accepted a walk-on invitation to Appalachian State.

"We didn't have many seniors, but we are extremely proud of the few that we had," said Southern coach Gordon Walters, whose club was 13-2 during the 2003 season.

HALL TO GAMECOCKS: Marque Hall (6-5, 270) of Marshville Forest Hills committed to South Carolina on Tuesday. Hall is ranked 10th among defensive line prospects in the country by TheInsiders.com recruiting service.

Hall had narrowed his choices to South Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

SUSPENSE: Three of the top 25 football prospects in North Carolina are expected to make their announcements today.

The most highly regarded of the uncommitted players is defensive tackle Demario Pressley (6-2, 290) of Greensboro Dudley, the top-ranked defensive lineman.

Pressley is expected to chose from among North Carolina, Florida State, and N.C. State.

Safety Dannell Ellerbe (6-1, 181) of Richmond County has Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and N.C. State on his list.

Linebacker Quentin Cotton (6-4, 215) of Kernersville Glenn lists N.C. State, Clemson and South Carolina.

State also is among the finalists for Roland Martin (6-6, 345) of Chicago Harper, one of the country's best offensive line prospects. He is expected to choose from State, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Michigan State.

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