DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, MD is known as a powerhouse high school football program and Pat Narduzzi and staff struck gold when defensive end John Morgan and corner back Judson Tallandier committed to Pitt in June. The players are not only teammates, they happen to be good friends and both are looking to make an impact as true freshmen.
Morgan and Tallandier completed their official visit to Pitt last weekend. Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Morgan, the 6-foot-2 inch, 245 pound defensive end about his experience.
“I really think it was a great opportunity to spend time with the coaches since the seasons’ over now they get to spend time with the players, stuff like that. Just bringing those guys in like Tyler (Bentley) who was committed to Kentucky and then bringing in JeShaun (Jones) and Shocky (Jacques-Louis),” he said. “Those guys from Florida, being able to bond with them before they make their decision is something that I really thought that Justin and I were able to put a picture on them to make them think about coming to Pittsburgh. The entire vibe that’s going around the city with the players and stuff like that, all of us were to build relationships with those guys before we get in with the summer session before the season gets back up.”
Morgan’s host for the weekend was freshman defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman. He has received scholarship offers from Penn State, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Temple, Syracuse, Rutgers, Bowling Green, Charlotte and Kent State prior to committing to Pitt. Both Morgan and Tallandier spent a lot of time selling the Panther football program to the three uncommitted visitors throughout the weekend.
Morgan has visited Pitt on a number of occasions. He was asked if anything surprised him on the visit. He stated, “There was a lot of more academic stuff we talked about. Most of what they told us I really didn’t know like what (majors) Pitt offered and stuff like that. We found out they were a top school academically and on the football side. You don’t get a lot of schools that are top academic institutions all across the board and get to play in one of the biggest conferences in America for football.”
Morgan spent time with his future position coach, Charlie Partridge. He mentioned they had a conversation about future expectations. “They told me that this summer would be big for me. I have get in the gym, get strong, and get my mind right, “he said. “The opportunity to come in and play as a freshman is there. They said once I sign, they’re going to get me comfortable with the playbook so I can be ready in for that summer session and coming in for summer camp.”
Morgan and Tallandier have been lifelong friends. When asked about his thoughts on playing together in a Panther uniform, he exuberantly replied, “Oh yeah, it’s very special. He and I have been planning on something like this since Little League.”
“It started in eighth grade when we said we be playing in high school together. Now we’ll be playing together for the next three to four years in college and hopefully, if it comes down to God’s blessings, we’re going to the same NFL team when we get ready to make that decision.”
Harry Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru