USC Trojans Earn Verbal Pledge from Distance Specialist Keller Morgan (2023)

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6’5” high school junior Keller Morgan from Trabuco Canyon, California, has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Southern California’s class of 2027.

“I’m extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming careers at the University of Southern California! Huge thanks to my family, my coach Jeff Natalizio, teammates, and friends who’ve supported me along the way. I’m stoked for the years to come with the team and coaches at USC! Fight on ✌️”

Morgan swims for Santa Margarita Catholic High School and Evolution Racing Club and specializes in distance freestyle. He made our “Best of the Rest” section of the Way Too Early list of top recruits from the high school class of 2023.

In high school swimming, he helped Santa Margarita win the 2021 CIF-Southern Section Division I boys’ title, snagging the school’s Swimmer of the Year award. He placed fifth in the 200 IM (1:48.69) and fifth in the 500 free (4:29.70) and contributed a leg (45.54) to the fourth-place 400 free relay. Both individual events were lifetime-bests.

Morgan recently swam at Winter Juniors West, where he updated his PBs in the 200 free, 200 breast, and 400 IM. He finaled in both the 200 IM and 400 IM, placing eighth in the latter. He dropped over 2 seconds in the 200 free with his relay leadoff time of 1:39.82.

Best SCY times:

  • 1650 free – 15:51.85
  • 1000 free – 9:33.67
  • 500 free – 4:29.70
  • 200 free – 1:39.82
  • 200 IM – 1:48.69
  • 400 IM – 3:51.56
  • 100 breast – 57.82
  • 200 breast – 2:05.57

Morgan is the first public commitment to the men’s team at USC for 2023-24. He will join his Santa Margarita teammate Macky Hodges, who has given her verbal pledge to the women’s class of 2027.

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11 months ago

So exciting! FYI, his father was involved in the college admissions scandal back in 2019 at USC. Interesting to see that he’s still allowed to attend now…The daughter was committed to row at USC despite never having rowed in her life, and then suddenly “changed her plans” last minute and ended up going to LMU. Of course, she ended up transferring to USC one year later. Privilege lol

Reply to  Anonymous
11 months ago

I could see why you post as Anonymous so you can put on an internet persona and slink into recruiting posts like this and turd all over the Morgan family and indirectly USC. I suspect Keller is a preferred walk on and comes from the same school in Orange County as Kozan and other blue chip recruits.

Reply to  SwimPhan
11 months ago

See, now you’re just demeaning the value of Keller being recruited. I highly doubt he was a preferred walk on with times that fast. I’m simply saying it’s surprising he was allowed to attend that school considering the family’s involvement in the biggest college admissions scandal in recent history. And would you know who I am if I put swammer as my name, either? Give me a break 😂 I am well aware of SM’s success considering I went there myself, and the school was successful well before Kozan got there, by the way

Jeff Natalizio
Reply to  Anonymous
11 months ago

People seem to defer to wisdom from the Bible, so:

Ezek. 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Keller is a beast. He’s too good for SC imo. Whomever ends up as the coach is gonna be stoked.

Reply to  Jeff Natalizio
11 months ago

Preach it, Jeff! But I’m afraid these words of wisdom fail to register with some of the posters here. As would be Proverbs 26:11 and the statement about fools stubbornly inflexible. They’d rather beat the old drum (now coming up on 3 years since the original indictments in 2019 and additional years since the start of the scandal) about USC cheating when other elite schools including Pac-12 rivals UCLA and Stanford plus Yale, Texas and Wake Forest among the 8 universities involved.
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