DE High on UM

At 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, Miami (Fla.) Braddock standout defensive end Tranell Morant is getting ready to play in a high school game for the last time next Monday.

"The Dade/Broward all-star game is on Monday and I've been trying to get ready for that," Morant said. "I hope to show people that I'm better than people think. You'll see what I mean."

Morant, who was recently snubbed by voters for first team All-Dade honors, finished the season with 75 tackles and 20 sacks. A full academic qualifier, Morant comes from a school that hasn't produced many Division 1 players in its history.

"Braddock's made me a better person," he said. "When I get to the next level, I can't transfer if I don't like it. I try to be good to the people that stay true to me and that was the Braddock coaches in my situation."

Morant certainly has caught the attention of major college coaches from across the country. He has scholarship from each of his five finalists.

"I've been on visits to Florida, Rutgers, Auburn, and Georgia," he said. "I was real impressed with Florida and Georgia so I'd say those were the two best so far."

Morant has one visit remaining and it's one he's been looking forward to.

"I go to UM next weekend," he said. "They have a big recruiting weekend and I'm really looking foward to it. I'm close by but I haven't taken my visit there yet."

Morant said he's growing tired of the recruiting process.

"There was a little dead period or whatever for a little bit," he said. "Now it's starting back up again and I'm tired of it. After my visit to UM, I want to have it narrowed down to two and then just focus on those two for the last few weeks till I have to sign."

So where might the Hurricanes fit into that mix?

"They're up there," he said. "It's close to home although that's not a real big deal to me and they need some defensive ends. I'll see what they're about and pick my final two after that."

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