Robert Morgan IV has been playing football in Louisa for years, competing in little league ball as a youngster and on the middle school and high school teams. Now he’s looking to take the next step in his football career, committing to play for the Howard University Bison in the fall of 2021.
“I’ve always wanted to go to a Historically Black College,” he said. “Having a chance to play at Howard is an experience I am blessed and humbled by.”
Morgan has been a key asset on the Louisa Lions’ offense for the past two seasons, forming one-third of what head coach Will Patrick called his “three-headed monster” of running backs, along with fellow Howard-commit Jarett Hunter and rising senior Kalup Shelton. Over his three seasons with Louisa, Morgan totaled 751 rushing yards over 95 carries, including just over 600 yards in his junior season. He also scored 16 touchdowns on the ground for the Lions. His speed made him an asset on special teams, particularly in his sophomore season where he returned eight kickoffs for 250 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown return.
What Morgan says he enjoys most about football, though, is the camaraderie he’s found with his teammates.
“That brotherhood, the friends you make, that’s kept me coming back,” he said.
With the uncertain nature of what his senior season at Louisa County High School will look like, Morgan has opted to accept early enrollment to Howard. He will earn his final high school credits over the course of the first semester and begin attending Howard in January with hopes of pursuing a career in physical therapy.
“With not knowing what’s going to happen [with my senior year], I decided I wanted to go up there and get my education started,” he said.
Even though his high school football career is over, Morgan says he’ll be taking a lot from the program as he moves on.
“It’s been a humbling experience,” he said. “I didn’t get to play all that much my first year and I had to put in the time and work to earn my spot. [Going to Howard] is a bit like starting high school again. I have a chance to prove myself all over again.”