"If the depth chart looks excellent, then I'll go to Georgia Tech," Jafar Mann said, hinting that playing time will be the determining factor in his college decision. And with five offers already, he has the freedom to be picky.
After approximately six months of chatting with recruiting coordinator Joe Speed, Mann has gotten a good feel for what he could expect at Georgia Tech. Of course, it doesn't hurt the Yellow Jackets that Mann has plenty of influence at home.
"Tech's my dad's favorite team," Mann said.
But he said that seemingly everyone else he has been speaking with would prefer to see him playing for an SEC school (Auburn, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee have all offered Mann), he could also see himself playing in the ACC (Miami has extended an offer his way as well).
Having played offensive and defensive line at Stephenson High School, Mann said all the schools who are speaking to him would like to see him on the defensive side of the ball. When asked about which side of the ball and what position he'd like to play, Mann kept it simple.
"I just want to work harder than the next person," Mann said.
Mann played in a Junior All-Star Game at Georgia Tech, and was able to tour the campus and speak with coaches when he was in Atlanta. After hearing about plans to play him right in the middle of the GT defensive line, Mann was pleased.
"I think I'd fit right into their defense," Mann said. "My height and power would definitely be used well, and I'm still working on improving my speed."
Tech coaches may have their work cut out if they want to land Mann, but he would be quite the catch for the Yellow Jackets.