Former Parkway lineman Kameron Eloph doesn’t like to tell tales on his cousin, C.J. Morgan, but he did offer up one tidbit while hanging with his buddy one afternoon earlier this week.
“He listens to a lot of sad music,” said Eloph, who is headed to Houston soon to play in the Cougars’ interior line.
“Yeah, like Sam Smith,” chimed in Morgan. “I’m driving right now and the person behind me has a Mississippi State license plate. I’m giving them a thumbs up.”
Morgan doesn’t have a lot of time to listen to Smith’s “Stay With Me” or “Lay Me Down” due to his hectic schedule. Verbally committed to play for Mississippi State following his senior campaign at Parkway, Morgan spends most of his waking hours this summer working out in the Panther’s weight room or working the cash register at the Zaxby’s on Barksdale Boulevard in Bossier City.
“It’s a great job for me because I’m a people person,” Morgan said. “I’m the cashier, so talking is my job.”
The bad part of the job is putting up with teachers stopping by to remind him of classwork he’ll be expected to complete this fall.
“Some of them say they can’t wait to see me in their class,” Morgan said. “That’s part of the job.”
Morgan takes all of his jobs seriously and the 5-foot-11, 187-pound cornerback/wide receiver has seen his stock continually rise over the past two seasons. With a 4.55 time in the 40, he holds offers from Baylor, UCLA, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arizona State to name a few.
He’s taken two visits to Starkville, Mississippi, and likes what he sees, especially former Haughton standout Dak Prescott, quarterback of the Bulldogs.
“The day I committed Dak told me and Keondre (Wudtee) we need more 318 boys around here,” Morgan said. “He said ‘I’ve seen ya’ll here before and I know ya’ll go to Parkway, and I know we got that Haughton-Parkway rivalry going on. But once ya’ll get here, that’s gonna go bye, bye.’”
When he committed, Prescott said, “welcome to the family.”
Morgan said what set MSU apart started with the Bulldogs being his second offer (behind UL Lafayette) and his first SEC offer.
“They offered me the week we played Byrd my sophomore year. It was a crazy idea for me to be offered by the SEC. I could see myself playing there. I went to see them play Alabama and I was like, ‘wow. If this is what it’s like in the SEC, this is something I want to do.’”
Morgan talked with his father and got a quick response.
“You’re a grown man now. Do you feel like you’re ready to make that grown man decision?” his father asked.
Morgan called MSU coach Dan Mullen and cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend and told him he was committing on Jan. 31. Despite more offers arriving after the verbal, nothing has been done to sway his decision.
“I’m solid with my commitment,” he said.
Morgan, who attended Kerr Elementary, is expecting big things out of his Panthers this fall. He said his team should be more explosive offensively with Wudtee, who has been throwing passes to Morgan since the fifth grade, in control of the offense and as a major threat to run after getting his weight up.
“And we have all three linebackers returning, along with a great offensive line,” he said.