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R.J. Morgan reports to Arizona on June 23 but he is not leaving the state of Oregon alone.

The incoming athlete recruit will be joined in Tucson by Grants Pass (Ore.) Crater teammate and linebacker Derrick Turituri, who will be Morgan's roommate. As a bit more of a mystery and off-the-grid talent - a theme when it comes to Arizona's recruiting trends - Morgan said it can be an "advantage."

"They don't know how I play so they have to adapt to my style of football," Morgan told

R.J. Morgan is ready to prove his worth on the Arizona practice field.

Morgan, a 6-2, 200-pounder from Central Point, Ore., said that he gets a little more nervous with each passing day. That's because the two-star signee wants to make sure he proves his worth at the next level and on the practice field.

But like many incoming freshmen looking to make the proper first impression, Morgan said he wants ensure that he is "bigger, faster, stronger" before he sets foot on campus.

"I want to go down there and impress the coaches even more with my abilities," he added.

It will be far from an easy task for Morgan, a two-star prospect, to separate himself. But the defense, specifically the secondary, is an area of need.

Expected to be one of the longshots when fall camp begins Aug. 1, the message from the coaches to Morgan was simple.

"They told me to come in and, if I want it, go get it," Morgan said. "If I don't, then I probably shouldn't be playing.

"I'm going to go down and do everything I can to be able to play at my position, and prove to the coaches that I'm a D-I football player and able to compete my freshman year with anyone on the team and in the country."

Among the biggest transitions, Morgan anticipates that it will likely be tough to keep pace with the experienced players on the roster to start.

Morgan likened the move from high school to a boy going up against men.

"So, I need to transition into becoming a man - physically and mentally," Morgan said.

Morgan said the conversations with the UA coaching staff since he signed in February have remained consistent. There has been no pampering or sugarcoating.

And he likes it that way.

"I know that I'm going to coaches who won't lie to me and they'll just be straight-up with what they have to say to me," Morgan said. "It's nice to know that I'm going to a school where there's no BS-ing around."

(Editor's Note: Tracy MacDannald is the senior editor for Get all your Wildcats' news at

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