Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic safety Jordan Morant publicly committed to Michigan on Sunday. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Penn State, among others.
Morant is listed at 5’11” and 212 lbs., and he runs a 4.69 forty. As a junior in 2018, he made 36 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 3 pass breakups.
ESPN: 4-star, 82 grade, #9 S, #214 overall
Rivals: 4-star, 5.8 grade, #20 S
247 Sports: 4-star, 95 grade, #1 S, #47 overall
Hit the jump for more on Morant.
Morant was offered by Michigan in January of 2018, after his sophomore year; aside from maybe Virginia Tech, it was his first big-time offer. He visited Michigan unofficially in April, and we have known that the Wolverines were near the front of the pack since then. In the meantime, he stated he would be announcing his college decision at the Under Armour All-American Game in January of 2019, so we thought we would have to wait a while to find out his decision. But an official visit this weekend led to him publicly announcing his future destination.
Morant has a lot of skills that will probably remind you of Jabrill Peppers. If you’re not reminded of Peppers…well, that’s okay. But his body type, his change-of-direction skills, and his playing style all remind me of the former first round pick. Morant is an excellent tackler who puts his “eyes through the thighs.” He’s strong in man coverage and can outmuscle receivers.
Thought Morant is the 247 Composite #10 safety in the country – and #1 to 247 itself – I will not be giving him a ranking of 100, which I gave to last year’s top guy (Daxton Hill) and Peppers. Though his playing style is reminiscent of the latter, Morant is not quite as explosive and doesn’t have the all-around skill.
Overall, this is an excellent pickup for Michigan. Though he’s not a 100-level player to me, he’s one of the top few safety prospects to pick the Wolverines over the last decade or so. I think Tyree Kinnel was a solid player at Michigan, even though he took some flak from fans and was not drafted, but I would put Morant somewhere about halfway between Peppers and Kinnel. Since I gave Peppers a TTB Rating of 100 and Kinnel a 74, maybe you can guess my grade for Morant…
Michigan now has thirteen public commitments in the 2020 class. Morant is the first safety prospect to commit in this class, and the second defensive back, after corner Andre Seldon, Jr. Michigan has done a great job of recruiting New Jersey over the last several years (save for a blip here or there), and Morant joins recent commit Aaron Lewis, Jr. (LINK) from the Garden State.
TTB Rating: 87
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