In-State DE Has UM in Top 3

This talented defensive end recently attended the University of Florida one-day camp. He talks about the Big 3 in Florida as well as some out of state schools in this interview. He also talks specifically about where the Miami Hurricanes stand with him.

Although Eric Moncur gets most of the recruiting attention at Carol City this year, fellow defensive end Maurice Charles is pretty talented himself.

Charles recently attended the University of Florida one-day camp, where he measured in at 6-foot-1 and 234 pounds. He ran a 4.72 there, and also ran a 4.40 shuttle run at this year's NIKE Camp. He also jumped 22 inches on the vertical test.

Charles, who carries a 2.5 GPA inside the classroom and is still waiting for his SAT scores, also competes in wrestling, baseball, and track. He finished last season 18-2 in the 215-pound weight less, plays third base on the diamond, and throws the shot put (52 feet, which was good for 5th in the state) and discus (177 feet) in track.

The talented defensive end began playing football in 9th grade, but he felt he was too big at the time. "I was always too big to play optimist ball," he said. "And when I got to high school, I was about 230. That was too big for me so I started running a lot. I dropped to 215 and played right around there my sophomore and junior years. Then I started lifting a lot this past year and I'm up to 235-240 now."

The talented defensive end, which finished last season with 45 tackles and eight sacks, said he was busy this spring talking to college coaches.

"Miami, Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, and Syracuse all called me at home during the spring time," he said. "Nobody has sent [a written offer] yet, but I have gotten some offers over the phone. Syracuse, Auburn, and UCF have verbally offered whatever that means."

The talented defensive end talked about his early list of favorites.

"First is my top three of Florida, Miami, and Florida State," he said. "If those schools don't end up offering me, then I'm looking at Tennessee, Syracuse, and Auburn."

Charles talked more about the Hurricanes.

"I'm wondering whether they'll offer me or not," he said. "They might or they might not. All I can do is work harder and not worry about it. They said they liked me in practice when they called and they like how I come off the ball. I still have the whole fall to improve my skills."

Charles said if the hometown Hurricanes were to offer, he'd still like to check out some other schools.

"If Miami offered, I'd be real happy," he said. "But I wouldn't be quick to jump on it. I'm trying to keep my options open. My [first] cousin Taurean Charles is going up to Florida to play defensive end and if I get a chance, it would be nice to play together with him up there but I just don't know right now. I also like Syracuse. I've watched them on TV and I think they're a pretty good team. Plus the coach that recruits down here is real cool."

The standout pass-rusher talked about what he hopes to accomplish this season. "I want to make as many plays as I can to help us come out on top. Plus I want to get my grades out the way early on so I don't have to worry about passing the test. Academics are everything so I want to get them first."

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