Top WR Semaj Morgan turns top recruiter in selling Michigan on West Bloomfield teammate
West Bloomfield — Semaj Morgan was using his speed and route-running ability to get separation and make grabs for big plays during a 7-on-7 competition Wednesday night.
Morgan will be the state’s top receiver heading into his senior season at West Bloomfield, following the path of former West Bloomfield star receivers in Trishton Jackson (Michigan State/Syracuse/Minnesota Vikings) and Tre Mosley (Michigan State).
Morgan — 5-foot-11 and 180-pounds with 4.4 40 speed — is a Michigan commit who now is working hard to recruit his West Bloomfield teammate and four-star offensive lineman Amir Herring to come with him to Ann Arbor.
With Herring blocking for running back Dillon Tatum and giving quarterback Reqez Nance time to throw, Morgan benefited with a huge junior season where he had 61 receptions for 1,017 yards to help West Bloomfield reach a Division 1 regional final.
Morgan committed to Michigan on Dec. 1 to make sure he could concentrate on his senior year while putting the finishing touches on his skills so he would be ready for college ball as well.
“I committed nine months ago, wanted to secure my spot,” Morgan said. “These past months Michigan has grown on me. I’ve really loved Michigan from the start, but it’s been growing on me ever since.
“I love the brotherhood there. Every time I’m up there they treat me like I’m already there, like I’m already a player, like I’m a very important person, so it’s just a brotherhood that I like about it.”
Morgan’s last visit to Michigan was earlier this month. He plans to do his best to get Herring to follow him to Michigan.
“Don’t worry about Amir, at the end of the day we’re going to be together again, that’s how I feel and that’s what I believe,” Morgan said. “Me and Amir grew up together. We’ve known each other since we were 4 years old. We knew each other when we were little kids. We played together in high school and we have another chance to play with each other again at the best university in the world, so it’s going to be real special.”
Morgan is looking forward to working with his former high school coach, Ron Bellamy, who is now receivers coach at Michigan.
Bellamy was head coach at West Bloomfield for 11 years, guiding the team to a pair of Division 1 state championship game appearances, a 3-2 loss to Oakland Activities Association Red rival Clarkston in 2017 and to a 41-0 win over Davison in 2020.
“Freshman year, sophomore year I was with him, so I just feel like it will be the same way it was here because Bell (Bellamy) is a great coach and he’s always going to push you to be better than you are and I just feel like it’s going to be the same at the next level,” Morgan said.
When Morgan was asked what his strengths are, he responded: “I’m real good at double moves. I’m a real crisp route runner, I make sure that everything looks vertical. Coach James, my receivers coach, makes it a focal point to make sure you keep everything going vertical, in and out of your breaks, and catch the ball away from your body.”
So, in what area has Morgan improved the most?
“My leadership,” Morgan said. “Last year I was a great player, but sometimes I had outbursts where I got mad and got to yelling. My leadership qualities will show when it’s time this season.”
Morgan expects big things from Nance who now knows the speed of the high school game after a year of experience under his belt.
“Me and Req, we’re like brothers, so we have chemistry on and off the field,” Morgan said of Nance. “We really understand each other. He understands my routes and I understand how he throws. It’s way bigger than just throwing the ball and catching the ball.
“When I first met Req, he was throwing the ball like 60 yards easy. I feel like he has improved. He’s improved with his accuracy. He’s a playmaker all around, so he’s going to make plays and get us in the end zone. I just believe in him.”
Morgan feels West Bloomfield’s offensive will be explosive with Nance working with sophomore receiver Elisha Durham, who already has an offer from Central Michigan, running back Kenneth Jones, who committed to Grand Valley on Thursday, and 6-3, 225-pound tight end DeAndre Hill, who has offers from Bowling Green and Grand Valley.
And, West Bloomfield’s offense will have the state’s top receiver in Morgan leading the way.