Nathan McManus has come on strong with an impressive senior season to go with his athleticism and good size at 6-4, 295. Combine that with very good speed and footwork for a lineman and it is no wonder that that McManus is hearing from colleges.
"I met with Coach Tuberville (Tommy Tuberville) and Coach Nall (Hugh Nall) last Thursday," McManus tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They just came up here to talk and picked up my film. I'm expecting to hear from them either Monday or Tuesday about a scholarship offer. If I do get one I'll be making a trip down there this coming weekend. If not I will not be."
McManus made an official visit last weekend to visit Coach Chan Gailey's Georgia Tech program and says that the visit went very well. Expected to sign several offensive linemen this year, McManus says that the Yellow Jackets made him a priority on his visit to Atlanta.
"I had a good time," McManus says of his visit to Georgia Tech. "I met all my coaches and I got my offer while I was on the visit. I had a pretty good time in Atlanta with all of the offensive linemen and met two of the other offensive linemen that have committed this year. I had a good time and was excited about the program and the outlook."
A mid-year starter as a junior that has been on the field since that time, McManus is one of the rare kids that hits a growth spurt at just the right time and that has been the major reason why he's been overlooked for so long by everyone. Weighing in at just under 270 pounds this past summer, he ran 40-yard times of 4.79 and 4.82 at two different camps, but because he wasn't prototypical size teams overlooked him. That is until they got a senior film of the tackle. Up to nearly 300 pounds, he showed the same quickness and drive he had back in June and that's one of the reasons why schools like Auburn have taken a second look.
"I grew up on Auburn football," McManus says. "Back in the summer that's where I wanted to go. That was my place. I sent them film of the first three games a while back, but I sent them my complete senior highlight film just before the break for the dead period.
"I got a call from Coach Price saying they had watched my film on Thursday and they wanted to set up a meeting with me. Tentatively I have an official visit set there for the 23rd. That was also the time I had one set for Clemson, but out of the two I would go to Auburn because Auburn has priority for me."
In addition to his interest in Auburn, Georgia Tech and Middle Tennessee State, McManus has also gotten a long look from Central Florida, both before and after the coaching change took place. He says despite the interest they've shown he's moving on and narrowing his list.
"I had an offer from Central Florida back in the summer before my season started," McManus says. "I also had an offer from Middle Tennessee. Since then the coach has gotten fired and the offensive line Coach McFarland, who I really enjoyed, has since gone to East Carolina and asked me to go with him. I'm still in contact with the new guys at Central Florida, but I'm not really interested."
An offensive tackle for Coach Joey Jones' high-powered attack at Mountain Brook, McManus has been taught how to run and pass block on the high school level. He is also used to moving and getting upfield on screens and sprint-outs, something he believes will help him when he moves on to college.
"I play tackle, but we do a lot of tackle pulling with my offense," McManus says. "Anything that requires quick movement or speed has always been my strong point. I'm always one of the quicker guys on the line. Run or pass, I really don't have a preference."