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Football: Crete-Monee’s Morgan selects Notre Dame

Crete-Monee's Nyles Morgan prepares play Providence. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Crete-Monee's Nyles Morgan prepares to play Providence. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 6, 2014 6:43AM



Crete-Monee senior Nyles Morgan played in the U.S. Army All-American game Saturday in San Antonio and made his college decision during the fourth quarter. The five-star linebacker is headed to Notre Dame.

“I kind of knew it already. I informed all the coaches and everything like that, it was just the hype of everything,” he said. “You know being on TV and everyone cheering behind you and things like that. It was pretty cool.”

Morgan also enjoyed the Army All-American experience.

“It was fun,” he said. “It actually went by quicker than I thought it would. Especially with all these commercial breaks, I thought the game was going to take forever, but I really enjoyed myself here. It was really fun.”

There were several other players committed to the Irish in San Antonio for the game, including Marist’s Nic Weishar.

Morgan didn’t reveal his decision to anyone during practices.

“All the time, they kept asking me ‘Nyles are you going to Notre Dame? Are you sure you aren’t going to Notre Dame?’ ” Morgan said. “I told them ‘Just watch, man. Just wait.’ ”

The wait was worth it for Irish fans.

“The academics are obvious and their big base of publicity, too, and also me getting the chance to start as a freshman is kind of likely,” Morgan said. “I am not going to say it is going to happen, but I am going to work hard for it.”

Joining Weishar and Morgan in the Irish Class of 2014 is Montini linebacker Nile Sykes, who committed to Notre Dame in December.

“I think that those of us from Chicago, we are going to bring wins to Notre Dame, a lot of wins,” Morgan said.

As for the All-American experience, it was one Morgan will remember for quite some time.

“My favorite part was the game. Of course, it was the game,’’ he said. “Everything else was fun. We did some stuff in the community and things like that. We saw the jerseys, practice and things like that, but the best part was the game.”

Morgan played with Weishar, Plainfield South linebacker Clifton Garrett, Lincoln-Way East offensive lineman Nick Allegretti and Hinsdale Central offensive lineman Brian Allen.



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