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Greenwood's Morgan living his dream

Drew Morgan has had a wild three days, and that might be putting it mildly.

Drew Morgan committed to Arkansas on Monday.

On Saturday, the two-star wide receiver/defensive back helped Greenwood win its third straight state championship, and he was named MVP of the title game for the second consecutive year.

Sunday was his 18th birthday.

And Monday morning, he was offered a scholarship by the Arkansas Razorbacks, his dream school. A few hours later, he was in Fayetteville for an unofficial visit, and then he switched his commitment from Arkansas State to the Hogs.

Morgan became Arkansas’ 18th commitment for 2013, giving his pledge to recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Tim Horton. He’s the Razorbacks’ sixth in-state commit for this class.

“Who passes up an offer from the Hogs?” said Morgan, who’s ranked the No. 13 player in the state. “I mean, seriously. It’s just unheard of, and every kid’s dream is to be a Razorback. That’s my dream. It’s always been a dream. And it’s still a dream.”

Morgan (6-0, 182, 4.4-second 40-yard dash) committed to Arkansas State on June 10.

A lot has happened since then.

Morgan helped Greenwood finish 14-0 with a 38-game winning streak. The Bulldogs won their third straight state championship by beating Pine Bluff 51-44 on Saturday in the Class 6A title game.

In the win over Pine Bluff, Morgan earned MVP honors for the second straight year with a very solid performance on both sides of the ball. He rushed nine times for 83 yards and two touchdowns, had four receptions for 87 yards and a TD, and returned three kickoffs for 55 yards. Playing safety, he made nine total tackles, including seven solo, and had an interception.

His season totals: 765 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground; 1,122 receiving yards and 14 touchdown catches.

Morgan talked to Horton on the phone Monday morning, and Horton said “Hey man, congratulations on three-peat. Congratulations on two-time MVP. I don’t know why I haven’t offered you earlier, but I’m going to officially offer you a scholarship to the U of A.”

“I pretty much just said, ‘Wow,’” Morgan said while recreating the conversation. “I didn’t know what to say. I said awesome, thank you, I appreciate it. I’m definitely going to evaluate it.”

The evaluation didn’t take long.

Morgan decided to head up to Fayetteville for the unofficial visit, and he and his father met with Horton, who made his best pitch.

“Coach Horton was like, ‘I’m going to put it to the bottom line,’” Morgan said. “It was about 2:30 when he said this. He was like, ‘This is SEC football. This is the biggest stage it can get other than the NFL.’ And right there nailed it because I was in shock. I was like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe he just said that. … But that was a good thing. … I was like, wow, I’m very impressed with how he said that even though they’re going through this big change and they don’t know who’s going to be the coach.

“It just really impressed me with how humble and what his choice of words were. It really caught my attention.”

Morgan called Red Wolves Coach Gus Malzahn and told him he was switching his pledge to the Razorbacks.

“It was a tough conversation,” Morgan said. “It was about 10 minutes long, and it was like breaking up with a girlfriend honestly. I had to tell him the truth and I had to put it to him. It bothered me, and I’m sure it bothered him. He did say if everything doesn’t work out, you have a spot here at Arkansas State.

“It’s been a heck of a week.”

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