Morgan inks with Mocs
by By SARALYN NORKUS Sports Writer
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CLEVELAND HIGH School seniors David Morgan, left, and CJ Bryant, right, pose with Raider head coach Ron Crawford on National Signing Day. Morgan signed with UTC, while Bryant signed with Tusculum. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
CLEVELAND HIGH School seniors David Morgan, left, and CJ Bryant, right, pose with Raider head coach Ron Crawford on National Signing Day. Morgan signed with UTC, while Bryant signed with Tusculum. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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Cleveland High School senior linebacker David Morgan made his decision to sign with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga official on National Signing Day.

The future Moc had other offers coming from Carson-Newman College and Tusculum College to consider, but ultimately went with UTC.

According to Morgan, the location and the family ties to the school helped him with his decision.

“It’s a dream come true. I’ve wanted to go to UTC since I was in eighth grade. It still hasn’t really hit me yet,” Morgan explained Wednesday afternoon.

Morgan feels that he will be a good addition to the Mocs, bringing with him some positive football traits.

“I think I’ll bring (physicality) and being aggressive and some leadership qualities. I’m hoping I can bring some good fun and good attitude,”

Cleveland head coach Ron Crawford believes that playing at UTC will help with Morgan’s growth as a player.

“Right now I think they are considering redshirting David. I don’t know how happy David is about that but [Morgan’s] mom and I are extremely happy. We think it will be great for his growth. David has always wanted to go to Chattanooga, so we’re excited for him.”

Crawford issued the same challenge to Morgan as he did for Tusculum signee CJ Bryant and urged them to go and make Cleveland proud.

Playing in the heart of the Raider defense, Morgan was fourth on the team this past season with 45 solo tackles and 29 assists. The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder had a half dozen tackles for loss, including a quarterback sack. He also claimed four of Cleveland’s 17 takeaways last season and a fumble recovery which he returned for a touchdown against Chattanooga Central.

As a running back on offense, Morgan carried the ball 24 times for 76 yards for a 3.2 average per rush, plus scored three touchdowns. He also averaged 18 yards a catch with a half dozen receptions for 108 yards.

A two-time All-District 5 AAA performer, Morgan was chosen to play for the East squad in the Toyota East-West All-Star Game in Cookeville in early December.

Chattanooga signed 15 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday, including Rhea County offensive lineman Jacob Revis (6-foot-2, 295) and Mr. Tennessee Football Lineman finalist Logan Teichmann (6-4, 270) from Brentwood, plus All-American receiver Davis Howell (6-2, 190) from Knoxville.

Howell broke the national prep career record with 358 catches and won two state titles at the Christian Academy of Knoxville.

Eight of the Moc prospects carry at least a two-star rating, plus having nine all-state honorees ties the highest number during the Russ Huesman era at the Moc helm.

The only other Bradley County player on the current Moc roster is Casey Hybarger, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound freshman offensive lineman who played at Walker Valley.

Chattanooga went 6-5 this past season and tied for fourth place in the Southern Conference, which is a NCAA’s Football Championship Series division.



Banner Assistant Sports Editor Joe Cannon contributed to this story.