Height isn't everything

Overshadowed by his more famous running back cousin, linebacker JeBron Manson has begun to attract recruiting attention in his own right.

An impact linebacker who is built like a brick wall and hits like a pickup truck, Manson (5-10, 215) plays outside linebacker for Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa.

JeBron Manson is a four year starter who doesn't get the attention of some of his taller teammates, but he may have more grit and determination than anyone on the team.

His freshman year JeBron showed that he was more than capable of handling the duty of an outside linebacker. That season he posted 48 tackles while just getting his feet wet. As a sophomore he essentially became the show on defense, blasting his way to 110 tackles.

Those stats guaranteed that opposing coaches would focus on him with their blocking schemes, but last season Manson still managed 93 tackles and two interceptions.

According to his high school coaches, JeBron has a huge heart and he puts his pride on the line in every game.

Hillcrest High School sent three excellent athletes to Bama's recent mini-camp. Left to right: JeBron Manson (linebacker), Travis Robinson (cornerback) and Markus Manson (running back).

Clocked as fast as 4.55 in the 40-yard dash, Manson is built similar to Dexter Coakley formerly of Appalachian State and now with the Dallas Cowboys. But according to JeBron he plays more like Derrick Brooks (Florida State, Tampa Bay Bucccaneers).

JeBron is the cousin of Markus Manson, the star running back on his team and one of the top-rated recruits in the state. Also playing on offense as his cousin's back-up, last season JeBron gained 136 yards and scored four touchdowns, working mostly in his team's red-zone offense.

Manson has attended football camps at Alabama, Auburn, Southern Miss and the NIKE Camp.

He sports a 33-inch vertical jump and carries a 2.5 GPA in his core classes. Manson scored 17 on his first attempt at the ACT.

JeBron bench presses 375 pounds, squats 550 and power cleans 335.

He has scholarship offers on the table from Michigan State and Oregon State, plus he is getting strong looks from Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss.

Read all of the recent recruiting stories on Alabama recruits from TheInsiders.com.

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