5-foot-9 / 190 pounds
Rocky Mount (NC) / Northern Nash
Mann saw his first action as a redshirt freshman, appearing in six games for a total of 42 snaps on the season. Playing largely at end of game situations, Mann recorded two stops on the year - one each against Syracuse and North Carolina.
In a crowded and very talented secondary, Mann is listed as a third string option behind Deondre Singleton and Evrett Edwards at the Bandit position.
Mann is a solidly built, but smaller safety at 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds. He’s also part of large class of third year sophomores playing the position, joining second stringers Edwards, Phillip Carter, and Jake Kite. That’s four players in the same class, battling for three positions. Of the group, Mann has appeared in nearly as much action, but he’s also listed lowest on the depth chart, meaning this camp could be illustrative of how he progresses for the back half of his career. That being said, he and Edwards both enrolled early, indicating the Duke coaches saw a lot to like with their games. With the secondary filling up with talented players on a yearly basis, it’s time for all of the third years to progress.
How he ended up in Durham
Mann picked Duke in April of 2012 and then continued to field interest from programs such as Clemson, East Carolina, and North Carolina. He was selected to the North Carolina squad for the annual 76th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
He enrolled at Duke in January of 2013.
High School Highlights
Four-year letterman at Northern Nash under coach Mickey Crouch …three-time all-conference selection ... first team all-area pick by the Rocky Mount Telegram in 2012 ... as a senior, served as a team captain and posted 30 tackles and one INT while totaling 900 all-purpose yards and 11 TDs ... had 43 tackles, five INTs and two caused fumbles during junior season ... [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]