Tale of the Tape: Max Morgan

Tale of the Tape: Max Morgan

Veratile, with the ability to play multiple positions well, Greeley West athlete Max Morgan may have what it takes to contribute to the right program.

Bio:

A fixture in 4A football over the past three years, Morgan is one of the most versatile players in Colorado. The 6-0 200 pound athlete has lined up where needed on both sides of the ball for his Greeley West squad. Morgan's diverse skills have helped Greeley West go 22-3 over the past two seasons with Morgan gaining All-Conference and All-State honors.

Positions: LB/FB/SS

Senior Stats: 257 rush yards and four touchdowns. 29 Receptions and six scores. Two interceptions, two fumbles recovered, one sack and 160 total tackles.

Tape Type: Highlight

Breakdown:

Max Morgan gets after it the way the game is meant to be played. While watching his tape the first thing of many that stood out was his ability to shed blockers. At times a lost art in today's, Morgan takes on blockers at all levels, keeps blockers off his body and stays in position to the make the play. This ability allows Morgan to make plays between the tackles very well, often successfully taking on linemen who are much bigger than him.

The second aspect of Morgan's defensive game that stands out is his impact tackling. Not only can he tackle one on one in space, he does it violently. Morgan is a quick closer who takes care of business and snaps back heads when he makes contact. This high collision tackling is augmented by his ability to make plays on his own. Morgan has no problem tracking down and holding on to small, shifty player at the edge.

Morgan is not a one trick defensive pony more than holding his own in coverage. Morgan is big enough to take on tight ends in coverage, yet athletic enough to handle backs and receivers both in man and zone. Active in coverage, Morgan does not just cover space, but makes reads, finds the QBs potential target and makes plays on the ball.

Bottom Line:

Morgan is gaining multiple Mountain West looks, but it is most likely he will end up at Brigham Young joining his older brothers, both of whom play for the Cougars. Whatever the school, in Morgan a program will gain a player that is going to contribute. Early, look for Morgan to impact on special teams. Eventually, on the defensive side of the ball, Morgan could be in the mix as an outside backer. Currently over 6-0 with a frame that looks capable of gaining good weight, Morgan could easily get to 225 pounds. The combination listed above of tackling, reading and coverage will transfer well for Morgan.

Improvements to his game that are necessary for the next level included better pad level, keeping his head up and tackles and increased emphasis on his speed.

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