Talented Tailback Likes Tigers

One of the South's top football prospects talks about his senior season and the recruiting process.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.--One of Alabama's top running backs and one of the best in the South is taking no chances on getting distracted during his senior season at Hillcrest High. Talented 6-0, 190-pound Markus Manson, who has the size and speed to manhandle most high school opposition, is hearing from just about every college in the region, but says that he has no favorites at the moment and isn't really going to begin seriously narrowing his college list until his team's quest for a state title is done.

"Recruiting is going okay right now," Manson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's pretty busy. I'm trying not to let that get to me right now, I'm trying to worry about Hillcrest football."

A very explosive runner capable of taking it the distance at any time, Manson is the type of running back that teams are looking to sign. It's no wonder that schools such as Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Notre Dame, just to mention a few of the dozens, have been hot on his trail since last summer. While noting that he's still a long way from making a choice, Manson says that Auburn will definitely be in the running until the end.

"I've heard from them and Coach (Tommy) Tuberville was at my game on Friday," Manson says. "It was pretty neat to have him there. Auburn is doing real good and their running backs are good. I just want to be a part of a great running back tradition even though I want to start my own."

Markus Manson is shown at the Nike Camp earlier this year.

Leading his team to a 4-0 start following last Friday night's 28-7 win over rival Tuscaloosa County, Manson has been a dominant force from his tailback position. In just 54 carries he has rushed for 454 yards and six touchdowns and also spends some time on special teams, but opponents have been smart enough to keep the ball away from him so far in 2003. Saying that he's improved his leg drive this year to help in short yardage situations, Manson is always the perfectionist and isn't happy with how he's played to this point.

"I haven't played to the best of my ability," he says. "I can get better. I'm not okay with the way I'm playing right now."

Although he's focused on winning a state championship this season, Manson has taken the time to make a couple of unofficial visits this fall to campuses. His first trip came on the opening weekend when he visited Gainesville to see Florida play San Jose State. He also went just down the street two weeks ago when Alabama faced Oklahoma. He doesn't have any trips planned as of now, but says that will happen later in the season.

Manson is joined on Hillcrest by college prospects such as Cody Davis, Travis Robinson, Kris Guyton and Jebron Manson.

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