WHAT IS THERE TO LIKE? What I like best about Jornell Manns is his production, and he has been putting up receiving numbers since starting as a freshman. Whether his team had quarterback issues, or if the opposing defense doubled him, Manns still delivered for his team. He has great hands and runs precise routes, and he knows how to get open against either man or zone coverage. He is very strong in his upper body, and can shield defenders from the football. He is also a heck of a safety for his team, although I expect him to play wide receiver for Minnesota. His head coach, Chioke Bradley, raves about Manns' practice habits and his leadership skills. Manns is a very serious kid, and he is all about handling his business. I believe he is talented enough to play early for the Gophers.
WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS? Jornell Manns is not a 6-foot-3, 200-pound, specimen that runs a 4.5 forty. He is not the biggest or the fastest wideout, but he understands what he needs to do to be successful. I believe he can be very dangerous out of the slot, but he could play outside as well. He can contribute on special teams, and that will probably be his first path to the field. There are no academic or character concerns at all, so there is very little downside to taking Manns. He will need to continue to outwork people to see the field, because the measurables are not ideal.
WHAT ARE THE INTANGIBLES? Manns already has a great friendship with fellow Minnesota commit quarterback Brennan Armstrong, and that chemistry could bring about success on the field for the two of them. Manns is a player that will allow himself to be coached, because he wants to be the best he can be. Being coachable is important at the college level, where so many incoming freshman wide receivers are inclined to be full of themselves. This is a kid that wants to win so badly, and that trait will carry over from the weight room to the practice field, and eventually to the games. So much of recruiting is about fit, and head coach P.J. Fleck might not be for every recruit, but Jornell Manns has the personality that will mesh perfectly with Fleck and the new Gopher staff.
WHO DOES HE COMPARE TO? It's obviously impossible to compare high school players to NFL stars, but in terms of style of play, I would say Jornell Manns resembles Randall Cobb on the high school level.