The above highlights feature footage of Omar Manning from his senior season.
Lancaster (Texas) High School head coach Chris Gilbert took time after Wednesday's spring football practice to talk with Scout about top 100 four-star prospect Omar Manning, the No. 1 receiver in Texas for the 2017 class and a TCU signee.
Below is Gilbert's Q-and-A session with Scout:
What are some of Omar's strengths as a football player?
He's a horse on the perimeter. A thoroughbred. He's gonna win the edge in the running game. It's a wrap. A DB is roadkill. He's gonna win out there. He is deceptively fast. You wouldn't realize how fast he is because he's over 200 pounds and 6-3 or 6-4, but he can run. A physical guy in route-running, and he has the ability to change directions like a guy that's 5-9, and that's what kinda makes him special. He can move around like a slot guy, but he's big for an outside guy. All of those aspects make him very special physically.
What are a couple of things he needs to work on to get ready for college?
I think the college game is gonna challenge him more because he can pretty much dominate most of the DB's at the high-school level. I think that once he gets to the college game he's gonna have to make sure to use everything that he really knows. He won't be able to bully all of them, but he will be able to get better because those guys are better. He's fast, he's strong, he has no problem with blocking like a lot of high-school receivers, so it's gonna be a matter of him learning the playbook. If there's room out there I could see him playing as a true freshman.
What about Omar from a personality standpoint?
Super-duper kid. Just as laid-back as can be. He's not gonna be a vocal leader. That's not him. He's gonna lead by example. He's a great, great teammate. (Boise State signee) Cartrell (Thomas) had a super season, and not one time was (Omar) upset. He was able to say, 'He's open, just get it to him.' He's competitive, now. He's a receiver, so he wants the rock, too. But he was good with that. We're losing two really dynamic guys. Omar is just, he's the guy you know you're gonna look up on draft day and he's gonna be at the draft. He's a first-day draft talent. So you wanna talk about somebody that has that written all over him, he's just gotta take care of his business and he's there.
Given the measurables and physical skills, as well as his reputation as a good teammate, does he fit the 'coach's dream' label?
Yes, and the thing is you really have to make yourself fuss and get on him. Can't let him slide, because a lot of times those guys that don't bark too much, you kinda let them slide. You don't chew on them as much. But you gotta go ahead and get him because he can handle it. He's definitely been a pleasure to coach, as far as his personality and being a teammate and being very coachable. His family has just done a great job with him.
Career at Lancaster
2016: Despite a nagging hamstring injury, Manning finished his senior season with 45 catches for 742 yards and eight touchdowns on more than 16 yards per reception as he helped Lancaster to a 12-2 record and a Texas Class 5A Division II state quarterfinal appearance.
2015: Manning enjoyed a breakout junior season with 33 catches for 671 yards and a team-high 12 touchdowns as he averaged better than 20 yards per reception. Manning helped Lancaster reach the Texas Class 5A Division II state quarterfinals with a 10-4 record.