Reporting Shane Kitzman
Brandon Morgan’s game revolves around his swift feet – he clocks a 4.55 time in the 40-yard dash.
But Lakeville North’s athletic wide receiver also has no problem applying the hit stick. Just check out this moment from his 2011 highlight reel for proof.
“I’m not afraid to run someone over,” said the 5-foot-10-inch, 175-pound senior. “I try to utilize my speed the most, but I’m not afraid to put my head down.”
After not getting into the end zone once on a return last year, the speedster gashed Eastview in last week’s 24-7 win, returning a kickoff 95 yards for the score to give his No. 3-ranked (6A) Panthers a boost over No. 10-ranked (6A) Eastview.
Watch Morgan’s TD On The ‘Rally’
While the likes of North Dakota and Wyoming are interested in his Morgan’s gridiron talent, Morgan’s more interested in being a boy of summer.
Even though he rushed for more than 600 yards last year, scoring seven times for a squad that went 10-1, he aims to play America’s pastime instead.
“I’m really big into baseball,” said the center-fielder who batted .460 this summer for the Lakeville Legion team. “Some of the top junior colleges in the Midwest have called me, like No. 2-ranked Heartland Community College in Illinois. I hope to then be able to transfer into a big Division-I school.”
Outside of the sporting realm, Morgan shares the same tastes of many others from the class of 2013.
“Call of Duty” reigns supreme, and bonfire hangouts are numerous. Also, the sounds of Three 6 Mafia, Project Pat and Lil Wayne pump through his speakers.
Morgan says he takes school seriously, too.
“I’m not an A-student, but I’m not failing — I realize the importance,” said the senior who eyes getting a degree in sports marketing or maybe even criminal justice. “I’m not a big reader, but I do like the Mike Lupica books. They’re childish, but I read ‘em.”
As for Lakeville North’s goals, he said the expectations have been building for three years.
Two years ago, the sophomore team went undefeated, Morgan said, and then last year, the JV team was also perfect. Now, sitting at 3-0 so far this fall, these Panthers don’t quite remember what an “L” looks like.
And they want to keep it that way.
“We’ve always had a state championship as a goal,” Morgan said. “And if we don’t win state, it’ll almost be a disappointment.”
Morgan’s 2011 Highlight Tape