2003 Profile: RB Demetrius Morant

Demetrius Morant might be the best running back in the state of South Carolina that you've never heard about. Morant has rushed for more than 3,200 yards over the last two seasons, and figures to be a major player in the recruiting process next season.

Looking for the perfect combination of size, strength, and speed in the backfield? Here is a new name for you in 2003: Demetrius Morant, a bigtime running back out of Crestwood High School.

Morant (6'0, 235) rushed for over 1400 yards and 20 TD as a sophomore and also caught 14 passes for 230 yards and 5 TD's. As a junior, he put up over 1,800 yards and scored a very impressive 23 touchdowns while helping lead his team to the 2nd round of the playoffs.

Crestwood is also a predominantly running team, running the Wing-T, and Morant was able to put up those kinds of numbers these past two seasons against teams that are ready to defend the run.

Demetrius has legitimate 4.5 speed and is incredibly strong for his size. He can squat 570 lbs, bench 330, and power clean 290. When you look at him on film, you notice that he is a stocky football player, and thats probably why he has spent a majority of his career at fullback. He keeps his legs moving after taking (or delivering) the initial hit and drives defenders backwards. He also has good hands, even though Crestwood only put the ball in the air 66 times this past season.

"Morant likes contact, but he's also able to turn a corner and outrun people. Its hard to say where he would play in college. I would lean towards FB, and coaches will have the extra option of knowing that he could very well break one in the open field. But, even with a wide open offense, he could still do damage as a blocker or relief to the flats," says Crestwood Coach Brian Jackson.

You can believe that Morant has already been hearing from a whole list of schools, including Clemson, South Carolina, N.C. State, Alabama, and Florida. Without a doubt, he'll be a major factor in recruiting wars next season in the state of South Carolina.

"I don't think he has any one favorite school, but he says he does like Clemson and USC, and that he wants to go somewhere where they run the ball," says Coach Jackson. "He has just about qualified core-wise, and he's taking the SAT/ACT this June to get a jump on the recruiting process."

We will continue to keep you updated on Demetrius Morant throughout the recruiting process.

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