At 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds, Miami (Fla.) Braddock defensive end Tranell Morant has been hoping for a scholarship offer from the University of Miami for several months now.
Two days before his season ended last Friday, Morant received the good news from UM defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, who has been recruiting him all year.
"He came to one of my games late in the seaso," Morant said. "Last Wednesday, he called me up and said they had finished their evaluation process of me and that they were offering me a scholarship to come to their school. I was real excited because they're UM and it's the local school."
Morant, who finished his second season of organized football with 19.5 sacks in 10 games, will use Miami as one of his five official visits.
"I'm going to Auburn this weekend," he said. "I have Rutgers on December 6, Georgia on December 21, and then Miami on January 24. I don't know on the last one yet, but it might be Ohio State."
Morant said there's one other school on his list that he's still actively considering.
"Florida too," he said. "But I've been there a lot already so I know what's going on with them. I probably won't need to take an official visit there."
The standout defensive end, who now has scholarship offers from all of his favorites, was asked about a favorite.
"A lot of people think it would be Miami now that they have offered," he said. "I like them but I'm still going to check out the other places because I need to know what fits me the best."
Morant, a full academic qualifier, said he plans on waiting till late January before making a final decision.
"I'll need to take all my visits before I know for sure where I'm going," he said. "I'll know after my last visit."
Morant did talk about what he likes about the Hurricanes.
"I like Coach Shannon and I think I could have a chance to play early," he said. "I'm still a little new but I think I can go in and help out. The only freshman defensive end they took last year was John Wood. It's a good opportunity there."
Standout DL Gets UM Offer
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