Cox FB/DE Jackson Morgan (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
The Academy route is familiar to locals; Jackson Morgan looks long term
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Jackson Morgan is well known as a workhorse.
Academically, he is an A student.
On the field, he rushed for 706 yards on 116 yards with six touchdowns. He’s the tough yardage fullback who paved a path for quarterback Tayvion Robinson to rush for 1182 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2018. On the defensive side of the ball, he tallied 22 total tackles and two sacks serving double duty for the Falcons.
Morgan is also a gym rat. His dad, Cox assistant coach T.J. Morgan, owns Chix Beach Gym and Jackson is a regular. At 6-1 and 225, Jackson is a ball of athletic muscle. He won the Strongest Man Award at the 2018 Clash of the Titans showcase with a 22 rep total for bench press at 225 pounds.
Jackson was also a recruit757/Buffalo Wild Wings Player of the Week winner and a Player of the Year nominee.
His senior year capped a successful career at Cox High School. Decision time came for college.
Davidson, Occidental, Gettysburg, Ithaca, Emory and Henry, Oberlin, Randolph Macon, Princeton, William and Mary and Richmond had offered opportunities. Schools like Davidson and Princeton are Division I, but don’t offer athletic scholarships. Division III schools don’t offer athletic scholarships either.
Morgan instead went with the non-traditional option that can set him up for a lifetime. The United States Merchant Marine Academy offers many of the same benefits that the other military academies offer and demand the same stringent admission requirements.
“At the official visit I just had a great feeling about everything and I could tell the players have an amazing bond like a brotherhood. It’s just an opportunity I didn’t feel like I could pass up. Any other opportunity didn’t compare,” said Morgan.
The United States Merchant Marine Academy is on Long Island, New York, not far from New York City. You can see Manhattan from the campus.
“I like how they run the triple option which is what I ran in high school which will give me the chance to run the ball. I like the staff. Coach Churchill and Head Coach Toop are fantastic! USMMA is an amazing school which will give me opportunities after school to live a life of my dreams.”
The USMMA doesn’t necessarily mean that a long military career is in his future. That decision can come later. He can re-enter civilian life with an education and a skill set that’s in high demand.
“I can be an officer right out of school and through time possibly become a captain of a ship,” Jackson explained. “I had to pass a medical and eye examination to qualify and I also had to take a fitness assessment test to qualify.”
The past four years at Cox and the hard work that he put in set him up for this opportunity, and the next four years are positioned to set him up for the following forty years. It’s something that we preach often at recruit757. You can use your God-given athletic ability and put in extra work in order to leverage your abilities into a college education that will serve you for the rest of your life.
“This past year has been a dream come true. It has been my goal for the last 4 years to play college football. I am so thankful to my parents, coaches and teammates who have supported me through this endeavor,” Jackson stated. “I feel very blessed to have this amazing opportunity.”
– Andy Hilton