Motta a Lotta of Football Player, Coach Says

Auburn is entertaining three prospects for official visits. A report, with video, on a bluechip visitor is featured.

Vero Beach, Fla.--Coach Gary Coggin says the college that signs Zeke Motta will be getting a special player and a special person for its football team.

"He's not one of those guys you are going to see on the front page of the newspaper for getting in trouble," the Vero Beach High head coach tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "The only way you would see Zeke on the front page is for doing something special like rescuing someone and saving his life. That's the kind of guy Zeke is."

Coggin notes that excellent athletic ability and a hard-nose attitude on the field combine to make the big safety a special player. "He is a very respectful kid, but once you put him on the football field he can get a little bit nasty," Coggin says. "When the pads go on he isn't going to back down from anybody.

"Zeke is 6-2 1/2 or 6-3 and is built like a Greek god and really understands how to play the game," Coggin adds. "I think some of that is growing up as a coach's son. His father (Bill Motta) is our defensive coordinator."

A standout at an Auburn summer camp, Motta has offers from a large number of colleges around the country who are looking at him as both a safety and a linebacker prospect.

Coggin says Motta can play those positions and a whole more. "He could play just about any position on the field other than the offensive line," the coach says. "He could even kick off and punt for us if we needed him to do that. He played soccer when he was younger."

Motta is one of three prospects scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend on official visits as Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers play Tennessee. The two other prospects are also from Florida--linebacker Jon Bostic from Palm Beach Central High and defensive end Kedric Johnson from Palmetto High.

Motta has been a starter at safety for Vero Beach High since his sophomore season. Last year in the state playoffs he saw some spot duty on offense, but he is expected to be a defensive player in college.

"Zeke is a player and I really enjoy being around," Coggin says. "He's just a great young man."

Other colleges that Motta has been looking seriously at include Florida, Notre Dame, UCLA, Clemson, Boston College and Stanford.

Motta and Vero Beach are 2-1 heading into Friday night's game vs. Palm Beach Gardens. After that the defensive back will be in Auburn on Saturday and Sunday for his first official visit.



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