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Camp refines Christian Morgan's technique

7/22/2012

Christian Morgan (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian Academy) had been to Florida State before.

His trip to Tallahassee for the second edition of the Jimbo Fisher Camp was familiar territory.

A month ago, Morgan came to the Seminoles' campus with an offer in hand. Less than two weeks later, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end gave Florida State his commitment.

Heading east wasn't necessarily a requirement in mid-July. But Morgan wanted to be around the program he will soon call home as an early enrollee and work with James Coley, his future position coach.

"I just wanted to come down here and spend more time with everybody," he said. "I got to hang out and I got to work out with Coach Coley -- so it was good to get a feeling with how he is on the field and stuff like that."

Morgan's Prestonwood Christian Academy offense is different, obviously. So too is his functionality within.

It is no surprise that learning the techniques Florida State's coaches were teaching wouldn't be identical to the ones drilled into his head back in Texas.

"It's not me or him being right or wrong," Morgan explained. "I think it is just our offensive style is kind of different. It is kind of fun to just be learning what I am going to be doing the next few years.

"It is mostly just route combinations and stuff like that. It is some different footwork and it is some different ways of coming out of breaks and stuff like that."

It doesn't confuse him, though. His conceptual understanding of his high school offense is solid.

But the additional color to his game does help.

"I do think about it some," said FSU's lone tight end commitment for 2013. "Through the recruiting process, I have taken different stuff that I have learned and brought it back to my coaches and asked, 'Hey, what would this look like if we did something like this?' I have been in my offense for a long time, so I do know it pretty [well]. I think this just compliments it in a different way."

During the first two days of camp sessions, several Seminoles made their way out to the practice fields to see what all the commotion was all about. After all, most of them went through it at one point themselves.

Tight ends Nick O'Leary and Christo Kourtzidis were among them. Morgan wasted no time in laying the groundwork for friendships to come.

"I got to hang out with Nick and then Christo," said Morgan. "They came out and we got to talk a little bit, so that was nice to hang out with guys from my position."

In Fisher's complex offense, the tight end's role is far bigger than what meets the eye. Having a physical, block-first tight end is of the utmost importance.

O'Leary, though, is definitely more of a pass-catching tight end. Kourtzidis is far more physical with more all-around balance.

Morgan wants to be able to do whatever the coaches ask, whether that's running routes into the secondary or taking on defensive ends at the point of attack.

"I think I can do both," he said. "I think I want to play with my hand in the ground. I think Nick is more of the move-around guy. I think I am more of the true hand-on-the-ground type guy.

"I think it fits my strengths and that is why I came here because I do fit perfectly in that role and I think I fit what they are looking for as well."

During this most recent trip to the Sunshine State's capital city, Morgan took the opportunity to dive into the academic side of things.

Upon meeting with those in the business buildings, a plan was hatched to get him on campus in January as an early enrollee.

"I want to major in business," detailed Morgan. "So last time I was here, I got to meet the Dean of Business and everything like that. I am going to be graduating in December, so I tried to lay out a plan for me to get a degree in three or three-and-one-half years."

Graduating early and forgoing the second half of a senior year isn't an easy decision to make. Those high school semesters, and the experiences made, don't come around twice.

But Morgan has his goals set beyond that. And right now, that's where he's headed.

"I think it is a big advantage to be able to come in and get your feet wet in the spring," he mentioned. "By the time you are actually a freshman, you aren't really a freshman anymore.

"I had thought about it. I am just ready to get here. I had kind of started working towards it and I felt like if I really didn't want to do it, I could still not do it. But I wanted to be prepared either way, but it is what I want to do right now."