Big-Time DE Very High on UM

Throughout the entire spring, I didn't see too many prospects with as much upside as this big time defensive end prospect. He talks about his athletic background, his UM camp experience, and why the Hurricanes are so high on his list.

When I was standing on the sidelines of the Braddock/Springs jamboree in late May, I was amazed at what I was watching in Braddock defensive end Tranell Morant.

Here's a kid that just started playing football last season and he seemed to have all the natural physical tools you could possibly want in a defensive end and his motor would never stop. Just in the spring game alone, Morant was blossoming into a big time defensive end prospect.

He talked about his transition into the sport.

"I've always been a basketball player," Morant told me. "I was always so involved in basketball with camps and everything that I never really gave football an opportunity. I decided to start early on last season and I really started enjoying it as the season progressed."

Good, because football is a sport that Morant will probably enjoy playing for many years to come. He's already seen his body changing.

"I weighed 230 pounds at the end of basketball season and then I was 255 at UM's camp on Sunday," he said. "I've been working out a lot and I've already put on 20-25 pounds. I'll probably weigh a lot more in college because of the weight programs they have. It's going to be very tough to keep playing basketball in college, so I'll just be concentrating more on football."

Speaking of UM's camp, Morant was outstanding. After checking in at 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds, he dominated the pass-rushing drills.

"There were a lot of good players out there and I think I did pretty good," he said. "I learned a lot of new things from the coaches and got a chance to meet with Coach Coker and Coach Shannon after the camp. They said they thought I did really well and that they'll definitely be watching me this year and will be sending me some stuff in the mail."

Morant, who dominated the N.C. State camp a week earlier when he ran a 4.70 on grass, already has three written offers with No. 4 on its way.

"Rutgers has offered me," he said. "They were the first. UK (Kentucky) has offered. Missouri, and N.C. State is sending one in the mail. I'm hoping UM comes through next but I know I will have to work hard."

Morant said he'll be in no hurry to make a decision.

"I'll probably wait till signing day before I tell people where I'm going," he said. "I want to keep my options open. I know which ones I want to visit. I believe in loyalty and Rutgers was the first school to offer so that will be one of my visits. I'll also visit UM, Florida, and N.C. State."

Morant has excellent athletic bloodlines, as his first cousin is former UF basketball standout Udonis Haslem; his second cousin is former UM basketball standout Tim James. Speaking of UM, Morant talked more about the Hurricanes.

"I'm really interested in Miami," he said. "They seem to like me and I like the entire coaching staff. I like the type of defense they run there and the weather's always good, but weather won't be a major factor. I'll go play in Missouri if I have to, as long as they're willing to give me an opportunity. That's all I want. I just want to be able to get an eduation and be able to play football on the side."

Morant, who carries a 2.5 GPA and is still waiting on test scores, said he might attend Florida State's camp next month. Until then, he'll be busy preparing for his senior year.

"Our team really came together in the jamboree," he said. "We played together really well and that's the biggest goal for me this year. I want our team to keep improving and keep coming together as one. And I'm out to break Willie Jones' sack record of 31. I had three in the jamboree and I plan on getting a lot more this season."

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