Sack Man Looking At Tigers And Four Others

One of the more interesting football prospects in the Southeast discusses his recruitment.

Miami, Fla.--Three down and two to go.

For Braddock High defensive end Trannell Morant, it still isn't time to make up his mind on where he wants to attend college. The six-foot-six, 265-pounder has official visit number four scheduled for Gainesville this weekend where he will check out the Florida Gators and their football program.

Since taking an official visit to watch the Tigers play the Georgia Bulldogs last month at Jordan-Hare Stadium, he has been to Athens to see Georgia's campus and last weekend he was in New Jersey to check out Rutgers. After visiting the Gators, he will check out the hometown Miami Hurricanes in January and says he doesn't plan to make a decision until after making all of his visits.

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville and running backs coach Eddie Gran, who recruits the Miami area, stopped by Morant's house recently for an in-home visit. They found a player who is still very interested in the Tigers. "I think Auburn is a pretty good team and I really love the team," Morant says. "I like the atmosphere and the coaching staff."

Tranell Morant

Morant finished the season with 75 tackles and 19 1/2 sacks and has become one of the hotter prospects in the talent-rich south Florida area. He was also one of the top basketball players in Miami as a junior, however, he has given up that sport to concentrate on getting ready for college football. He is working out with weights and will return to competition for Braddock High in the spring throwing the shot and discus.

A visitor to Auburn football camp this summer along with teammate Eddie Ruiz who has offers from Tulane and Colorado State, Morant was impressive with his agility and strength in pass rushing drills and shuttle drills. With a 36-inch vertical jump and excellent size and quickness, he is the type of prospect that many colleges are looking for on defense even though he is relatively new to the game. As a junior, his first year to play for football, he had 48 tackles. However, the numbers that are really impressive is that 30 of those were behind the line of scrimmage and 12 were quarterback sacks.

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