Manigualt makes early commitment

Corey Manigault, a 2016 recruit out of Virginia, made an early college commitment on Monday.

Corey Manigault found his future home.

The junior Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI informed Scout that he has committed to Jamie Dixon and his staff at Pittsburgh.

“It’s a great place to be for bigs,” Manigualt told Scout. “Over the last few years they’ve developed their bigs. Coach Dixon knows what he’s does doing and I like him as a person and as a coach.”

"I think it's a perfect fit," Paul VI coach Glenn Farello added about the commitment. "I think coach Dixon will go the most out corey and his potential."

Manigault, who visited Pittsburgh in December, selected the Panthers over Georgetown, Maryland, Xavier and Wake Forest.

“The family feel and the bond the players have together [stood out],” Manigault added. “They treat everyone like family and I like how they play.

Pittsburgh assistant Marlon “Smoke” Williamson has been recruiting Manigault since he was a coach at UMass. That factored heavily into his recruitment.

“Coach Smoke, when he was at UMass he offered me,” he said. “That was before I played varsity game. He’s been interested in me since I was in high school. He’s been a big fan of my game and I’ve been a big fan of him. I like what he’s doing. He’s a good coach.”

"Smoke did you an outstandoing job recruiting him," Farello said. "He just did a great job. "

A 6-foot-8, 245-pound post player, Manigault averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds during his junior season.

Manigualt is Pittsburgh’s second verbal commitment of the 2016 recruiting class. He joins five-star wing Mustapha Heron to make up their current class.

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