Texas safety picks the Hawkeyes

Three-star safety picks Iowa over Arizona, Stanford

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April 3, 2014 | 8:50 am

PLANO, Texas -- Texas defensive back Anthony Morgan committed to play football at the University of Iowa this afternoon.

Rivals.com rates Morgan, who prepped at Prestonwood Christian in Plano, Texas, as a three-star safety. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder announced his decision at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. Morgan was an Arizona lean way back when, but he visited Iowa City in April and the Hawkeyes moved to the top of the list.

Morgan's main contact with the Iowa staff is wide receivers coach Erik Campbell. He cited the strong relationships built with Iowa for eventually choosing Iowa.

"Coach Campbell is a really nice guy and I got to know the players," Morgan said. "That showed me I would have fun on and off the field. Coach [Phil] Parker has coached a lot of successful guys. Seeing that sold me."

Iowa, Arizona and Stanford were the finalists. Iowa was the only school he visited of the three. Morgan had 13 offers, including Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

Iowa announced Sunday that Norm Parker will retire after 13 seasons at Iowa and 46 in coaching. Morgan said his position coach would be Phil Parker, but didn't know any information on a possible defensive coordinator.

Phil Parker visited the Morgan family in Plano two weeks ago.

"He met my mom and we went to dinner," Morgan said. "Coach [Kirk] Ferentz was down on Monday. Coach Campbell also came down a few weeks ago."

Morgan, who wants to study business, was a defensive standout for a Prestonwood team that finished 9-3 and advanced two rounds deep in the Texas TAPPS 5A playoffs. Morgan can play both safety and cornerback, and with 4.5 speed, he also can be an option as a punt returner.

Morgan is the second defensive back the Hawkeyes have picked up this week. Sunday, Iowa received a commitment from cornerback Kevin Buford, a Canton, Mich., native and former Toledo commitment.

Iowa now has 15 players in the 2012 class. The national signing period begins Feb. 1. Iowa's class likely will number around 20.

Mitch Keppy, OL, 6-5, 287, Riverdale High School (Port Byron, Ill.)

Cameron Wilson, WR, 6-2, 193, Jerome High School (Dublin, Ohio)

Drew Ott, DE, 6-4, 235, Giltner (Neb.) High School

Maurice Fleming Jr., CB, 6-1, 185, Curie High School (Chicago)

Connor Kornbrath, K/P, 6-7, 210, Bridgeport (W.V.) High School

Jaleel Johnson, DT, 6-4, 290, Montini High School (Westchester, Ill.)

Ryan Ward, OL, 6-6, 270,  Providence Catholic (New Lenox, Ill.)

Michael Malloy, RB/WR, 6-0, 180, Sioux City Heelan

Laron Taylor, LB, 6-0, 205, Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.)

Ruben Lile, S, 6-3, 200 Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.)

Greg Mabin, WR, 6-2, 190 Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Daumantas Venckus, DE, 6-4, 220 Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.)

Faith Ekakitie, DL, 6-3, 285 Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy

Kevin Buford, CB, 5-10, 165 Canton (Mich.) High School

Anthony Morgan, S, 6-1, 185 Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)

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