Big Defender Says Tigers Are His Leader

This South Florida defensive end says that following his visit Auburn is his leader.

Miami, Fla.--One of the top defensive ends in the country visited Auburn this weekend for the Georgia game and he says he enjoyed himself immensely. At 6-6, 265 with 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash, Tranell Morant has offers from just about every school in the South, but he says that he now has a new leader for his services following the weekend.

"Right now they have moved to the top of my list," Morant tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I still have four more visits to take though." Those visits are with Georgia, Miami, Rutgers and Missouri. He will visit Athens on November 30th for Georgia's game with rival Georgia Tech.

Tranell Morant

A guest in Auburn's Tiger Walk with three other official visitors as well as being hosted by defensive tackle Spencer Johnson, Morant says his visit was better than anything he could have imagined before his arrival. Seeing a game that went down to the wire before Georgia pulled out a late win, the big end notes that it was something he'll never forget.

"The time of my life," Morant says when asked how he enjoyed his weekend. "I couldn't have enjoyed anything else better. You would have to have been there to see it; I couldn't explain how I felt. Going through the Tiger Walk knowing that the atmosphere was that exciting it was unbelievable. Unbelievable man."

A visitor to Auburn for a camp this summer along with teammate Eddie Ruiz, Morant impressed with his agility and strength in pass rushing drills and shuttle drills. A football player for just two seasons following a basketball career growing up, Morant has flourished on the gridiron as a senior. With 19 1/2 sacks along with over 70 tackles in just 10 games, he became a dominant force for Braddock High School. With a vertical jump of 36 inches and a bench press of 315 pounds, he is the type of defensive end prospect who is attracting a lot of attention.

Following his visit to Auburn, Morant says he liked the campus and facilities, but he wasn't sure it was a place he would like to live in for four years. After seeing the way things were this weekend with 86,000-plus in town, he says he saw things in a different light.

"I was up there at camp but during the camps it is summer and everyone is out of school," Morant says. "You can't tell what the school is all about. When I went on the trip this weekend it gave me a better impression about Auburn. Much better."

One drawing card for Morant to Auburn is the lack of depth at defensive end. Saying the depth chart is something he's noticed since he began looking at the Tigers, he had to look no further than the playing field Saturday to see it in action. With converted linebacker Mayo Sowell going down with a knee injury, Auburn was forced to play the majority of the game with just four ends split between the two positions, one of them Dexter Murphy, who moved outside from tackle.

Meeting with the coaching staff Saturday before and after the game, Morant says that he likes what he heard from all the coaches and could see himself playing for them.

"All of those guys are good guys," Morant notes. "I met with probably every coach on the side. They are all good people and good family people, good coaches. They try to talk to you real."

A solid student who has already scored a 24 on his ACT and should have no problems qualifying academically, Morant is also a standout on the hardwood. Averaging 15 points and 14 rebounds per game as a junior, he leads the Braddock team and is the cousin of former Florida star Udonis Haslem.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Morant attended camps at North Carolina State and Miami and the Hurricanes are expected to be the top challenger for his services after extending an offer last week. As a junior he had 48 tackles, including 30 behind the line of scrimmage, and a dozen quarterback sacks.

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