Monday, May 12, 2008

Morgan Freed from LSU, Headed to UCLA?

According to Jeff Goodman of, new LSU head coach Trent Johnson will release recruit J'Mison Morgan from his letter-of-intent on Tuesday. The 6-10 center signed with the Tigers in November, and seemed to stick with his decision despite the firing of former head coach John Brady and ensuing hiring of Johnson, who came over from Stanford. However, Morgan and his family apparently changed their mind last week, asking for his release. Morgan is ranked as the No. 25 recruit in the country by

If Morgan is in fact released from his letter-of-intent, he is likely headed west. As the Dallas Morning News reported last week, Morgan is interested in signing with UCLA once he is officially released. "It was a real hard decision for me," Morgan said. "My comfort level was at LSU, but I felt like UCLA was a better fit for me as far as exposure." Morgan wanted LSU assistant coach Butch Pierre to get the available head coaching spot, and reconsidered his commitment once Johnson was hired. Morgan would fill a void down low for Ben Howland, especially after the loss of Kevin Love.

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