Morey shuns Boise for Big Easy

It’s middle of the summer and all the local college recruits have long signed their letters of intent.

South Kitsap’s class of 2002 graduates such as Ryan Cole (Oregon State), Travis Vetters (Portland), Dan Knox (Portland), Josh Showers (Washington), Sarah Groves (Evansville), and Katie Ralph (East Tennessee State) signed their name on the dotted line to their respective universities.

Then there’s Megan Morey, an all-Narrows League selection and starting goalkeeper that led SK to the 4A state quarterfinals last fall.

After receiving hundreds of letters from various colleges, Morey set her sights on Boise State University.

The only hitch was that an athletic scholarship wasn’t available.

Morey’s 3.88 GPA easily qualified her for an academic scholarship.

Morey turned down athletic scholarships from schools far from home, and accepted the academic scholarship to BSU many months ago.

But an e-mail from Tulane University three weeks ago changed those plans.

“I got an email from Tulane and they said they were in a search of a goalkeeper because one of their keepers transferred out,” Morey said. “The first thing they wanted to make sure was that I hadn’t signed. I wrote back saying I hadn’t signed and was interested.”

Located in New Orleans, Tulane is a Division I school that competes in Conference USA with the likes of Marquette, Memphis, Louisville, DePaul, and Southern Mississippi.

Unlike an athletic scholarship, which once signed it is binding, an academic scholarship does not tie a person to a school.

Morey said she called the Boise State coach to inform him of Tulane’s interest in her.

“He was not very happy and he said I made a commitment to Boise State,” Morey said.

After mulling over a decision, Morey called Tulane coach Betsy Green to verbally commit to Tulane.

Morey called Lucas to inform him of her decision but got his answering machine.

“He never called back, but what would he have had to say,” Morey said.

Though she has always been an outstanding student, Morey said the pressure of maintaining a 3.0 GPA on an academic scholarship would have been great.

“I probably would do well but you never know,” she said. “It would be my first year of college and I’d be busy with soccer.”

Morey said she would have been happy at Boise State, but admitted her heart wasn’t completely set on the Idaho school.

When Tulane expressed interest Morey said it was a no-brain decision.

“Tulane is not only a Division I school but it’s a private school,” she said. “I will be in a class with no more than 20 students and there’s private tutoring.”

What really excites Morey is the opportunity to come in and start right away.

“I will be competing with another incoming freshman for the starting job,” Morey said. “This is kind of a blessing. I’ll just do the best that I can and play hard.”

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