Venables checks on Morgenstern

Venables checks on Morgenstern


Venables checks on Morgenstern


By Hale McGranahan.

One of the first spring evaluation period stops by Brent Venables was in The Constitution State.

On Monday, Clemson’s defensive coordinator went by St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Connecticut to check on Jacob Morgenstern, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound defensive prospect.

That night, Morgenstern spoke with TheClemsonInsider.

“(Venables) just told me that he really likes what I can bring to the table for Clemson, my versatility, and that I have to get down there for a visit at some point,” Morgenstern said. “(Venables) said that people, when they come to visit, that’s one of the most important things

“Just getting to see the campus and see the facility — it blows a lot of people away — to make sure that I do that.”

That’s the plan.

“I talked to my dad, we definitely think that this summer we’re going to get out and we’re going to see a bunch of schools. Clemson is going to be one of them,” Morgenstern said.

They’re aiming at a mid-June stop through Clemson, the day after the Dabo Swinney Camp comes to a close. Boston College, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and possibly Maryland will also receive visits this summer.

UConn stopped by Morgenstern’s school last week and he’s expecting several others to come through this week and next.

“It’s going to be very busy coming up,” he said.

Clemson is recruiting Morgenstern as a hybrid outside linebacker/safety.

“(Venables) thinks that I could put on some weight and play linebacker or I could play at the safety position,” Morgenstern said.

As a junior, he caught 23 passes for 682 yards with 10 touchdowns; and rushed 32 times for 382 yards with five scores.

Morgenstern had 65 tackles, five interceptions, three forced fumbles on the defensive side of the ball. He also returned two punts for touchdowns.

With an offer list that includes the schools that are scheduled to receive a visit this summer, Morgenstern has yet to narrow down his choices, much less name a leader.

“It’s tough to pick a favorite before I see the entire coaching staff, the school, the town and get a feel for the atmosphere of the schools,” he said. “At this point, you’re really just going based off what other people are saying. I feel like it’s going to be important for me, going forward, to get on campus.

“From what I’m told, Clemson has a beautiful campus and something like the happiest students, some kind of crazy stuff. Everything I’ve heard about Clemson is great, so I’m hoping when I do get there I can see that for myself.”



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