“Coach Holliday called and asked how I was doing,” Mannie explained. “He said he had seen some film of me and we talked about BYU and the conversation went well.”
Following Mannie’s chat with Coach Holliday, his high school head coach gave him some good news.
“My high school coach, Coach Mann, gave me Coach Mendenhall’s number to call him. Coach Mann got word that they wanted to offer me so he told me to call up Coach Mendenhall after he spoke with him.”
Upon calling BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall, Netherly found out that he had received a scholarship offer from BYU.
“Coach Mendenhall said he liked the way I played,” Mannie said. “He said he looked forward to keeping an eye on me through my junior and senior years.”
Being a born and bred Texan Netherly wasn’t too familiar with BYU, but some help from Crosby assistant coach Aaron Bales helped him get up to speed. Bales is the son-in-law of noted Deseret News columnist Dick Harmon.
“I didn’t know much about BYU before they offered me,” Explained Netherly. “I actually thought BYU was in Texas for the longest time. I know a couple of people that have gone to BYU.”
What did Coach Bales have to tell Mannie upon hearing the news that Netherly received an offer?
“He (Coach Bales) told me I should commit to BYU ASAP,” Netherly said with a chuckle. “He said I will like it when I visit.
“BYU is in Utah which I now know,” Quipped Netherly. “My coach said it’s a nice campus and that I would like it. It’s up in the mountains and stuff. I have never seen mountains so that would be cool. Raelon Singleton is a friend of mine and he’s at Utah (freshman wide receiver for the Utes). He said he really likes it up there.
“I would like to visit BYU this summer if I can manage it,” Continued Netherly. “I am going to try to make it to their camp hopefully.”
Another person who Mannie knows that attended BYU is former BYU wide receiver Michael Reed. Reed, who played for BYU from 2004-2008, has been training Netherly since he was in 8th grade.
As of this writing, Netherly had not spoken with Reed about his offer from BYU but looked forward to doing so in the near future. Mannie is a track star for Crosby, running the 4x100, 4x200, and the 200 meters. He’s been clocked in the 200 meters at 21.7 seconds and 10.6 seconds in the 100 meters.
On the recruiting front, a number of Texas schools have taken note of Netherly.
Netherly still has two more seasons to play at Crosby, but he has lofty goals for his future and he believes that Guy Holliday could be the coach to get him there.
“Guy Holliday has been the BYU coach responsible for coaching me. He told me about all the wide receivers he has sent to the NFL. That’s where I want to end up so that’s good to hear he’s sending guys to the next level.”