Notre Dame landed a big prospect for its 2014 recruiting class on Saturday, landing a verbal commitment from Crete-Monee (Illinois) High School star linebacker Nyles Morgan.
Brandon Huffman of Scout.com first reported that Morgan made his decision.
Currently the No. 63 overall prospect in 247 Sports' rankings of the 2014 class, Morgan compiled 242 tackles during his sophomore and junior seasons and helped lead Crete-Monee to a 6A Illinois State Championship.
Morgan is listed at 6'2", weighs in at 220 pounds and has a listed 4.68 40-yard dash. He already has good size for a college linebacker, and his 40 time will only improve with more work. On film, he shows great instincts in finding the football, takes on blocks well and has the speed to make up for any missteps he accrues in the running game.
He and Laquon Treadwell (one of Ole Miss' newest 5-star freshman) were two of the best players at Crete-Monee during the 2012 season, and he'll have a chance to finish out his high school career as one of the best players in the history of Illinois sports—especially if he adds another 100-plus tackle season during his senior year.
Miles also had offers from Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Michigan, Indiana and UCLA—among others—during his recruitment.
After winning Times' 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Honors (courtesy of The Northwest Indiana and Illinois Times), Miles has the pedigree of an elite prospect and will be expected to help the defense from Day 1 at Notre Dame.
Verbal commitments are non-binding, and the first day a 2014 recruit can sign his National Letter of Intent (NLI) is Feb. 5, 2014.