Kentucky football coaches continue to surprise by bringing in big fish.
Just when you think Mark Stoops and Kentucky Football are done playing Yahtzee they roll the dice again and land another winner. Tre’Von Morgan announced Monday morning his intention to transfer to Lexington from the Michigan State program.
The Cat is out of the bag so to speak, Stoops Troops are heavily investing in new coordinator Liam Coen’s offense and more specifically the passing game. The 2021 class of wide receivers along with incoming transfers is poised to be one of the most talented groups of pass-catchers in the entire Stoops era… which is saying a lot.
While Kentucky’s passing game hasn’t been a memorable one in his tenure, that doesn’t mean the Wildcats head man hasn’t had some elite pass catchers in the program.
The landscape of college football is an ever-changing situation. Big physical receivers are now the name of the game, and Morgan fits that bill to a tee. Listed at 6-foot-6 220 pounds, he has the size of a tight end but has the athletism of Odell Beckham Jr, and reminds me a lot of the New England Patriots 2019 first pick N’Keal Harry.
Multiple defenders? No problem for Morgan.
Morgan is a former four-star recruit and was rated the number one receiver in Ohio in the class of 2019. As a senior at Massillon Washington High School, Morgan caught 37 passes for 691 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also played special teams returning kicks and returned 12 for 147 yards and a touchdown.
His Tiger team also put up a ridiculous amount of points against Sun Valley (Pa.) 101-6 in Morgan’s senior season. In that game, he ran back a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown and pulled down a 72-yard receiving touchdown.
Stoops likes all the attributes Morgan brings to the Wildcats.
"“Tall, physical receivers are a huge asset, so we’re excited about adding Tre’Von to the team. He’s versatile, has outstanding physical presence and great playmaking ability.”"
Morgan had multiple offers out of the Big-Ten, ACC, SEC, and PAC-12. In Morgan’s Senior campaign he brought in 37 catches for 691 yards and 12 touchdowns. Pretty impressive. Morgan had to sit out all of 2019 in East Lansing after suffering a knee injury that required surgery.
The big question will be if Morgan can get immediate eligibility, he will either have to hope the NCAA passes the one-time transfer rule or he may require an NCAA waiver if the Cats want him to see action in 2021.
The Kentucky coaches have put a huge emphasis on finding pass catchers and even with our without Morgan in 2021 they will be more depth and weapons. This new crop of pass-catchers exudes versatility and Morgan could fill in or move into a tight end role should the need arise.
Did I mention he can hoop too? Somebody might need to let Calipari know.
I don’t know what somebody in the Michigan State program did to someone on Kentucky’s staff but they better make it right or Stoops is just going to take whomever he wants out of East Lansing. This is the second transfer from Michigan State in just a week after adding Luke Fulton.
With the Wildcat football program soaring, I can’t wait for football because this could be something special.