By Joe Henricksen
Colorado State has recruited the state of Illinois hard the past year in trying to land talent. The hard work and commitment to getting things done in Illinois paid off Thursday as Whitney Young's Jermaine Morgan committed to the Rams.
"Colorado State was the best fit for me," said Morgan, who visited Colorado State last weekend. "It's an up-and-coming program. They are in a great conference in the Mountain West. The players were cool and I had a chance to really get to know the head coach."
The recent addition of assistant coach Ronald Coleman to coach Tim Miles' Colorado State coaching staff was instrumental as well. Coleman, who was an assistant at Whitney Young and has been a part of the Mac Irvin Fire program for years, played a key role in the recruitment of Morgan.
"There is no doubt he played a part in my decision," Morgan said of the coach he's known since 7th grade. "I've known him for a long time. I want to go to a place where I can trust people, and I trust him. He's never let me down yet."
Morgan, who put together a solid summer playing with both his Whitney Young team and the Mac Irvin Fire program, watched his recruitment pick up since July. Minnesota and Iowa were two programs who began to show more and more interest, along with LaSalle, Detroit and several other mid-major programs.
The 6-7 Morgan, who is currently the No. 15 ranked senior in the Hoops Report's Class of 2012 player rankings, is an agile 4-man who runs the floor and has become more assertive and productive. He will be a part of coach Tyrone Slaughter's front line this season that will include 6-10 sophomore Jahlil Okafor and 6-9 junior Tommy Hamilton.