UT eyes Miami speedster

Vol recruiters are hitting one of most talent-rich areas of the country in pursuit of a top-notch defensive back prospect for the Class of 2005.

Demetrius Morley is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound free safety from Killian High School in Miami. He recorded 50 tackles and nine interceptions last season and reportedly ran a sub-4.4 time in the 40-yard dash since the season ended.

Morley has received letters from FSU, Miami, Florida, LSU and Tennessee. Reportedly, North Carolina State has already come through with a written scholarship offer.

Asked who his favorite football program was as he was growing up, Morley did not pick the hometown Miami Hurricanes. Instead, he tabbed their archrival.

"FSU, they were my team growing up and they are one of my leaders at this time," Morley told Chrales Fishbein of TheTerritory.org.

Former Killian High teammate J.R. Bryant is currently on the Florida State roster but Morley said that '' won't have much of an impact on my decision.''

Morley says he has patterned himself after Oakland Raiders standout Charles Woodson.

''I like the way Woodson plays,'' he said. ''He is very aggressive and that is the way I play the game of football.''

Coach Billy Rolle had this to say about the young D-back: ''Morley has the chance to be the best safety I have coached. He has all the physical skills now; he just has to put it all together and become the best safety in the state of Florida.''

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