Will Morant be a Tiger?

Big fullback Demetrius Morant has been a fixture in the Palmetto State recruiting scene for quite some time. Is now the time the Clemson Tigers move in with a formal scholarship offer? What about N.C. State and some of the other ACC schools showing interest earlier in the year?

Demetrius Morant is a bruising fullback prospect out of Crestwood High School in Sumter. The senior ran for over 1,583 yards and 13 touchdowns on 200 carries in his last year as a high school football player. CUTigers.com spoke with Morant late Wednesday to get the latest on his recruitment.

Tell me how you feel like your senior season went at Crestwood?
Morant: I felt like it was alright. It wasn't like what I expected the year before because we lost a lot of players and we had some young guys in that needed to fulfill their role. Overall, I feel like we did better than what most people expected us to do. Everybody else doubted us getting into the playoffs, but ever since the summer when we were doing strength and conditioning, our coach kept us in the mindset of settling for nothing short of a championship.

In terms of recruiting which schools would you say are looking at you the hardest right now?
Morant: Right now it's between Coastal Carolina and Middle Tennessee State. Both of those schools are looking at me hard.

Do you have offers from either of those schools yet?
Morant: Well they haven't had any film on me, so both of them are looking at film right now before they offer. Coach and I sat down last week and put something together for both of them. Both Coastal and Middle Tennessee are looking at me as a fullback.

Are you still hearing from Clemson or N.C. State?
Morant: No sir, it's probably been about two or three weeks since since I've heard from them. To be honest, it's kind of puzzling. I was hearing from a whole of bunch of schools at the beginning of the year and now it's just kind of stopped.

Have you had any coaches come by for an in-home visit?
Morant: No, none yet, but I think some are coming by school sometime. I don't have any official visits set yet either.

What are your latest vital statistics?
Morant: well we just did measurements the other day and I also had some done at the beginning of the season. Right now, I'm 5-11, 245, and I run a 4.52 40-yard dash.

Do you want to go to one of the bigger schools in South Carolina? Is that something that's important to you?
Morant: Yes sir, I mean when I was growing up I always dreamed at playing at Clemson because my brother wanted to go there when he was growing up. He ended up at Mississippi State as a middle linebacker from 1996 to 1999.

What do you think the hold up is with these schools?
Morant: I don't know. I couldn't tell you. I'm puzzled by it. Like I said at the beginning of the season I was hearing from everybody, now I don't even get letters or anything. Everything just stopped you know.

CUTigers Notes:
As it stands now it looks like Morant could be headed to a smaller Division I-A school or Coastal Carolina. Several programs outside of the Middle Tennessee State continue to show interest and request film.

Morant is frustrated by the recruiting process and understandably so. He put up strong numbers this year and CUTigers.com actually had the pleasure of taking in one of his games against Conway. He is every bit as fast as that forty time suggests. He has good power, good open field vision, and knack for making the big play.

Morant also wants to play at Clemson. He knows that's where Maurice Nelson is going to likely end up and furthermore, he's always wanted to go there. We'll continue to keep you updated on Demetrius Morant throughout the recruiting process, but without an offer it looks like he could be headed elsewhere.

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