"Playing in the NFL has always been a dream of mine," DaJuan Morgan told Pack Pride. "I feel like I had a great season, I'm healthy, and I think I'm ready to play at that level.
"My family is happy for me. My mom knows that this is my dream and she's proud that I am in this position. My brother, DeAndre, is behind me too. He knows this is what I want, and he was telling me to go. He is behind me... they all are behind me."
Morgan had a huge junior season for the Wolfpack. An All-ACC selection, Morgan led the team in tackles (97) and tied for the lead in interceptions (3). He also totaled a team-high six pass breakups after splitting time at rover and free safety.
He feels he projects as a free safety on the next level, and that is where he is hearing he will play. The NFL notified Morgan that he projected as a fourth-round pick, but he believes that with a strong combine performance he can go even higher.
"The NFL gave me a fourth-round grade," said Morgan. "I was a junior and they said that was a safe projection.
"I didn't run [for NFL scouts] last year, and I think that after I run well at the combine I can do better than that. I believe I can at least be a third-rounder... I probably can go as high as the second."
Morgan wouldn't confirm that he signed with an agent, but he stated that he has all but decided on who he will ink with as he prepares for the draft.
"More than likely it will be CAA Sports," Morgan said. "I'm already out here in Phoenix, Arizona getting ready for this draft... doing the things I need to do where I can be selected as high as I can."
The hardest part of Morgan's decision? That would be informing the Wolfpack coaches he wouldn't be returning.
"It wasn't really a hard decision because I know this is what I want to do, but the hardest thing was telling my coaches."
Morgan has tallied nearly all the necessary credits to graduate, as he was honored on Senior Day. He is just an internship away from receiving his North Carolina State diploma.
Morgan is expected to be the only Wolfpack player to declare early for the NFL Draft. However, nothing will be official until the January 15th deadline has passed.