Manual, a 6-3, 240-pounder, says that he will on the Auburn campus Jan. 11th. That will be his second official visit. He has already been to see the Texas A&M Aggies. Manual is scheduled to be at LSU on Jan. 18th, Tulane 25th and Southern University in Baton Rouge on Feb. 1. "I don't really have a leader right now," he says. "I am looking for a place where there are good people around. Right now, I am planning to take all of my visits to see how I like them."
A three-year starter in football, he played defensive end in a four-man front and says that Auburn is recruiting him to be a defensive end, too. He also played some fullback and was used as both a runner and blocker in short yardage situations. He scored three touchdowns this past season on offense. Defensively, he was credited with 79 tackles and five sacks for a team that posted a 9-3 record going to the second round of the state Class 3A playoffs.
Manual says he runs the 40-yard dash between 4.7 and 4.8 seconds. He bench presses 350 pounds and squats 425.
The defensive end says his goal as a football player is to "play hard every time I go out there." He says he doesn't model his style after any particular college or pro player and says he believes he is better against the run than rushing the passer.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Manual is listed as a member of the Louisiana Super Dozen, a ranking of the top prospects in that state...He is currently playing basketball and is starting for a third straight year in that sport. Manual says, "I am not much of a scorer, but I am rebounder."...The defensive end did not go to any offseason football camps or combines and was not as well known as some prospects early in the recruiting process, but that has changed and he has had a large number of offers.