Local DB High on UM

The University of Miami coaches spent a lot of time at Miami Killian High School last year, actively recruiting three of its players -- Bobby Washington, JR Bryant, and Dane Guthrie. They'll return to the school this year, as it's home to one of the state's top defensive back prospects.

At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Demetrius Morley will be one of the top recruits in Dade County this season. The talented defensive back finished his junior season third in Dade County with nine interceptions. He also managed to block 10 punts.

"I'm just too fast coming around the edge like that," Morley said. "I got 10 last year and hopefully I'll get more this year. I'm just a big play guy out there. That's what I'm all about. I compare my style to Charles Woodson. I'm real aggressive, which allows me to make all those big plays, but I'm also real smart so you won't see me getting beat."

Morley played primarily free safety as a junior last season but after Killian lost its two starting cornerbacks, including Bryant, he might play there.

"I might play strong safety too," he said. "I know I wanna play some receiver this year too and I'm gonna get a chance."

Morley is currently running track for Killian and recently helped Killian reach the state semifinals in basketball.

"I was All-Dade in track last year as a sophomore," he said. "I can get a 10.6, 10.7 automatic 100. I'm running on the 4x1 team with Bobby and JR right now too."

Morley, who carries a 2.7 GPA and will take the SAT later this month, will get plenty of recruiting action this coming season. He believes it's already starting.

"I'm getting a lot of letters in the mail and stuff like that," he said. "Everyone's trying to get me to come to their camp and things like that. I'm most interested in UM, NC State, Oklahoma, and LSU right now. That would be my top four."

The talented safety prospect said he had a chance to meet new UM secondary coach Tim Walton at UM's Junior Day recently.

"I went out to their Junior Day and was talking to their new coach in the secondary," he said. "I like him a lot. We got along real well. I also met Larry Coker. He told me that I'd look real good wearing a Miami uniform. I told him that I think I would too. UM's a great program, they're about winning the title every year and put most of their guys into the League."

Morley has high expectations for this coming season.

"I want to prove to everyone that I'm the best defensive back in the state of Florida," he said.

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