Extremely talented player who emerged as one of the top players in the SEC as a true freshman in 2021 … regarded as the best high school hitter in the New Orleans area prior to arriving at LSU … was a standout on the summer circuit with the MLB Breakthrough Series Organization prior to entering college … brings some versatility, as he is a very good defender at first base and can also play the outfield … at the plate, he makes a lot of contact and drives balls into the gaps … missed his entire senior high school season to an injury that required surgery, but was completely healthy for the 2021 season.
Morgan batted .357 (89-for-249) in 2021 with 16 doubles, four triples, six homers, 42 RBI, 64 runs scored and 15 stolen bases LSU’s leading hitter on the year with runners in scoring position, batting .379 (25-for-66) … LSU’s lead-off hitter in 34 of the Tigers’ 63 games … finished No. 4 in the SEC in batting average, No. 4 in base hits, No. 4 in runs scored, No. 4 in triples, No. 5 in doubles, No. 5 in stolen bases and No. 7 in on-base percentage (.441) … also received first-team Freshman all-America, second-team all-SEC and Freshman all-SEC honors, and he was named to the SEC all-Defensive Team … was twice recognized as the SEC Freshman of the Week during a three-week period in late April-early May … collected six hits, including a double, in the NCAA Eugene Regional to go along with three RBI and three runs scored … he hit .375 (6-for-16) in series win at Texas A&M (May 20-22) with one double, one RBI and three runs scored … named SEC Freshman of the Week on May 10, batting .529 (9-for-17) in four games with one double, one triple, one homer, three RBI, six runs scored, two stolen bases and a .556 on-base percentage … in LSU’s series win at Auburn (May 6-8), Morgan hit .538 (7-for-13) with one triple, one homer, three RBI, four runs, one stolen base and a .571 on-base percentage … his two-out, two-run triple in the top of the eighth inning on May 6 at Auburn extended LSU’s lead from 5-3 to 7-3 in an eventual 8-3 win … also named SEC Freshman of the Week on April 26, as he helped lead the Tigers to an SEC series victory at ninth-ranked Ole Miss … hit .571 (8-for-14) in the series with three RBI, four runs scored, one stolen base and a .625 on-base percentage … compiled two separate 11-game hit streaks (Feb. 24-March 9 and April 9-27) … reached base safely in 18 straight games before the streak was broken on April 30 vs. Arkansas … hit .400 (4-for-10) in the South Carolina series (April 15-17) while scoring two runs and recording one stolen base … 3-for-5 at Kentucky (April 9) with one double, one homer and three RBI … hit .429 (6-for-14) in the Tennessee series (March 26-28) with three doubles, one homer, two RBI and three runs scored … Morgan collected a career-best five hits in March 27 game at Tennessee, including three doubles and a homer … Morgan also tied the LSU single-game record for doubles (3) on March 27 at Tennessee … clutch two-out, two-strike RBI double in seventh inning vs. Miss. State (March 21), giving Tigers a 4-2 lead … delivered a walk-off, ninth-inning sacrifice fly to drive in the deciding run in a 5-4 victory over Nicholls on March 3.
Prior to LSU
The No. 220 ranked player in the country by Perfect Game … a 2019 First Team All-District, All-Metro and All-State selection … batted .483 in 2019 with 12 doubles, 27 RBI, 34 runs and 16 stolen bases … also played free safety for the football team at Brother Martin High.
Full name is John Edward Morgan III … parents are John and Shalita Morgan … Dad is a Mercedes-Benz salesman, Mom is a probation officer … Dad played college football at Morris Brown College in Atlanta … has an older sister, Brandi, and a younger brother, Justin … on attending LSU: “LSU was the best fit for me because it was close to home, which meant my parents could come and watch me play whenever they wanted. I also chose LSU because of its prestigious history, and I wanted to be a part of that” … born July 16, 2002, in New Orleans, La.
Morgan’s LSU Career Highs
At-Bats: 6 on six occasions; most recently at Texas A&M (5/22/21)
Hits: 5 at Tennessee (3/27/21)
Runs Scored: 3 twice; most recently vs. Louisiana Tech (5/11/21)
Doubles: 3 at Tennessee (3/27/21)
Triples: 1 on four occasions; most recently at Auburn (5/6/21)
Home Runs: 1 six times; most recently at Tennessee (6/13/21)
RBI: 4 vs. Texas Southern (3/9/21)