Red Bank’s Daune Morris transfers to powerhouse Oakland

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton /  Red Bank (17) Daune Morris carries the ball against Blackman on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Finley Stadium.
Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Red Bank (17) Daune Morris carries the ball against Blackman on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Finley Stadium.

Red Bank all-state athlete Daune Morris has transferred to perennial state powerhouse Murfreesboro Oakland.

Morris, a consensus 4-star prospect for the Class of 2025, said he practiced with his new team on Tuesday and expects to play running back, slot receiver and cornerback there, similar to the positions he played at Red Bank, where he helped the Lions reach the Class 4A semifinals last season as a dynamic athlete.

"It wasn't that I was unhappy at Red Bank, I just felt like I needed to be in a different environment," Morris said Tuesday afternoon in a phone interview. "I had spoken with BA (Brentwood Academy) but I felt like Oakland is a better fit for me and I believe getting to play for a bigger school will help my development."

The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder was recently timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash and has scholarship offers from 18 FBS programs, including Colorado, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Purdue, Texas A&M and Wake Forest.

Two days ago, Oakland star running back Tamari "TT" Hill transferred to Brentwood Academy, joining three other recent transfers the Eagles picked up within the past week, including Knoxville Catholic athlete Kesean Bowman -- who is former Notre Dame High School star Adarius Bowman's nephew -- as well as former South Warren (Kentucky) receiver/safety Easton Jointer.

Morris will fill the playmaker void at Oakland left by Hill's departure.

"Daune is a very talented young man and we wish him nothing but the best if it's his decision to transfer to another school," Red Bank coach Ted Gatewood said. "He did some great things while he was here and he will be a great player there. It's next man up for us and we've got some kids here who are ready to take their turn."

Oakland has won the past three Class 6A state championships, compiling a 29-1 overall record during that span.

"I grew up in Chattanooga so it was hard to make this decision," Morris said. "But I just feel like it's the best move for my future."

Contact Stephen Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com

  photo  Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Red Bank (17) Daune Morris carries the ball as Stone Memorial (40) Kaleb Flowers defends at Red Bank High School on Friday, November 5, 2021. Stone Memorial traveled to Red Bank for a 4A first round state playoff game.
 
 


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