Morgan Makes Plays In A Different Way At Fortius Project
Jaleen Morgan is no stranger to success. After putting in an impressive showing at the Fortius Project last Saturday, he posed for a group photo, a medallion around his neck, with the other 14 members of the All-Combine team.
Amongst some of his most talented peers, and in front of NEMCC coaches, he put on a show. His athleticism showed in the testing portion of the camp where his 40-yard dash, broad jump and 5-10-5 shuttle time all ranked in the top tier of competitors.
“It was fun, I enjoyed myself,” Morgan told SES Mississippi. “The thing that stood out were the routes in the 7-on-7. I felt like no one could top my speed and my footwork and my routes.”
Perhaps most what stood out most is the versatility in which Morgan displayed. Last season he was a bell cow out of the backfield for Leake County, churning out 1,423 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground. He rushed for games of three scores and four scores, and finished the season with an 11.8 yards per carry mark. On Saturday he huddled up, took a route assignment and made plays with his hands and feet in the open field.
While the camp setting can be a hurdle for some running backs, Morgan used the opportunity to show all that he is capable of. He grabbed three touchdown tosses during the 7-on-7 period.
“I was open every time,” He noted.
“Going through a lot and seeing a lot of things in the past has helped me become better. And it made me hungry, so now I’m just doing what I have to do to keep it moving.”
Besides making catches, however, Morgan was making friends. He also discussed that the camaraderie between the players on hand made an impression.
“The guys felt like brothers, because we bonded well,” He explained. “It’s like we were onto the same thing. Our love is football and that’s what we’re striving for to make it out.”
Northeast Mississippi CC offensive coordinator Doug Saylor was dialing up the plays during the 7-on-7 drives. That allowed Morgan to form a key bond with someone who has a wealth of knowledge about the game stored underneath the gold and black hat he donned that day. Saylor has spent time at both Georgia and Colorado State, under offensive minds you might have heard of by the names of Mark Richt and Mike Bobo.
“It was like he was my actual coach,” Morgan said.
Morgan might just be able to make it back up to Northeast Mississippi to attend the Fortius Project camp at Itawamba CC on April 7th. His work ethic never stops, because he has plans to get even better. On the heels of a breakout season, he’s hungry for more.
“I want to get better and work harder,” He said. “I’ve got to stay focused, face everything to the best of my ability and use my potential that was given to me. It’s only right.”
**Photo courtesy of RK Images