Florida State hosted the nations No. 3 prospect on Saturday in 5-star defensive end Shavar Manuel. Manuel has offers from nearly every major University in the south including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. The 5-star prospect was rumored to have committed to the Seminoles during the visit, but Manuel said that wasn’t the case.
“I didn’t commit, but Florida State did move into the top bracket for me,” Manuel said. “I’m still available to all of my offers out there.”
Manuel was asked who else was in that top bracket along with Florida State.
“It’s just Florida State for now,” Manuel said. “I enjoyed myself today. It’s all about how a school makes you feel, and I felt great today.”
As for what pushed Florida State to the top of the board Manuel had this to say.
“The comfort,” Manuel said. “I like what was drawn on the board for me and how the 2016 defensive line class would be looking at Florida State.”
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher got to spend some time with Manuel before he left.
“It was awesome,” Manuel said. “He was prepping me up for the 2016 class, and just gave me that pep talk like any head coach would do.”
The Seminoles recently had to replace their defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri when he left for the Oakland Raiders. Florida State hired former Florida defensive line coach Brad Lawing who has made an immediate impact on the 5-star.
“Coach Lawing is awesome man,” Manuel said. “He knows what he’s talking about and showed me some great film of Dante Fowler Jr. and he’s awesome. They’re planning to use me on the outside edge. He came up with some schemes for me coming off the edge.”
Manuel also has a very good relationship with Florida State receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey.
“Dawsey and I are real close,” Manuel said. “Dawsey just wants the best for me and I want the best for him. He’s just going to keep recruiting me to the fullest and I’m going to accept everything he’s saying.”
In addition to the coaches, Manuel is also close with some of the Seminole players.
“I’m real close with Josh Sweat,” Manuel said. “I’m close with some of the guys who will be leaving and I can come in and play freshman year. That’s one of the key things for me.”
The 6-foot-3, 293-pound prospect plans to visit Florida next and then visit Clemson, LSU, West Virginia, and Virginia Tech in the spring. He’s planning to come back to Florida State sometime in the spring or summer.