In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Lonoke fullback Morgan Linton (6-1, 240), one of over 100 prospects on hands for last weekend's Junior Day.
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Lonoke fullback-defensive end Morgan Linton is prepared to put in as many miles in on the road as needed this spring and summer to get his name out.
Linton (6-1, 240, 4.8), one of over 100 prospects on had at Arkansas’ Junior Day last weekend, did just that in the past week or so with trips to Memphis, Norman, Oklahoma and Fayetteville.
He’s also been to Ole Miss and has plans to visit all of those previously mentioned schools again along with Notre Dame, Nebraska and anybody else that might pop up.
“I am just doing whatever I need to do to be seen by coaches, go over their programs and give myself an opportunity to make the most out of this process,” Linton said. “I will do as much work as a I have to, go wherever I need to.”
Linton had 19 catches for 205 yards and 3 touchdowns last season while running the ball 17 times for 112 yards and 2 more scores.
He also had 87 tackles with 15 tackles for lost yardage, 7 ½ sacks and a fumble recovery.
“Next year we plan on moving to a two-back set,” Linton said. “I plan on getting the ball a whole lot more. I believe that is what hurt me in getting my name out there this year. If I had got the ball more, I would probably already have some offers by now, but we had a great quarterback and running back and I took on my role and did the best thing for our team to win.”
Those offers are likely to come at fullback, where he is projected in college because of his size and speed.
“I catch the ball extremely well,” Linton said. “I’ve shown running ability and pride myself on my blocking. I believe I can block anybody. I love putting them on their back. I need to work on my footwork. I have good footwork, just need to get better at it. I need to stronger and need to get faster.”
In addition to the aforementioned teams, several others are staying in contact via mail.
“I also been getting mail from Auburn and Tennessee, from San Diego State, Arkansas State and UCA and some from LSU,” Linton said.
He had a busy last week with visits to Memphis, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
“This past week I went to Memphis and had a great time,” Linton said. “I was at Oklahoma two days ago and got a chance to go into the coach’s position room and hang out with all the players.
“I’ve had a good time here at Arkansas and hopefully I’ll get a chance to come back up and watch some more practice,” Linton added.
It’s not surprising that Ole Miss and former UA coach Houston Nutt has made contact as well.
They seem very impressed with me and I am most certainly on their board,” Linton said. “I believe that I am one of the top three fullbacks at Oklahoma, Ole Miss and hopefully I am one of the top three here at Arkansas, too.”
“Notre Dame tells me they are going to sign a fullback as well and hopefully I’m that guy they end up offering,” Linton said.
Lonoke finished 10-2 last season, one that ended with thud when Shiloh Christian took them out 47-7 in the state semifinals.
The Jackrabbits were riding a nine-game winning streak into that game, had just routed Warren 45-24 and had drilled foes by no less than 19 in any of those victories.
Although Lonoke lost some key players, Linton feels confident with what his team has coming back.
“The 2010 class has always been strong for us,” Linton said. “We plan on winning the conference and going to state and finishing it off this time.”