Sometimes when you know, you just know. That's how it was for 2017 Crosby (Tex.) wide receiver Mannie Netherly, who kept thinking about LSU all the time and finally decided that was enough to commit to the Tigers to pursue a national championship.
"A month or two ago, it was always at the top of my mind and everyday I kept thinking about them. I thought I wanted to wait, but one day I said this is it. It's a huge relief because the recruiting process is fun, but it's nerve racking. I'm glad I got it done so I can focus on my senior year," Netherly said. "That's one of the reasons why I came to LSU was to win a national championship and get better and ready for the next level while doing it. It's great to go against the best every day in practice and competing against the best so that's what I'll do and hope to come in and win a national championship."
Crosby starts their fall camp today and is looking to get over the hump and win a state championship after a deep playoff run last year.
"It's going to be great to be back on the field especially since it won't just be working out so that's pretty exciting. I'm excited to get going on my senior season and get going on that state championship ring for my final year," Netherly said. "We just need to stay healthy. We have a lot of weapons and speed on both sides of the ball. That's the only thing that could keep us from state."
For his high school, Netherly will play quarterback this year after being a receiver last year. The change in position comes with more responsibilities, but he's still working on his craft at receiver while playing quarterback for Crosby.
"Step up and be a leader. Last year, I didn't have to play that role being a receiver, but this year, I've got to step up and play that role. I've got to keep a positive attitude and go from there," the 6-4, 170-pound receiver said. "I kind of balance it all out because I do receiver workouts and I still do the quarterback workouts."
The coaching staff at LSU was a huge reason why Netherly felt comfortable enough in Baton Rouge to leave the Lone Star state and commit.
"LSU just felt like home and the coaching staff felt like family. I knew that leaving the state and home, I'd be fine going to LSU," Netherly said. "Coach Peveto and coach Craig were a big reason. I talk to coach Peveto every day. We all have a really good relationship and now I talk to pretty much everyone on staff."
LSU likes Netherly's combination of size and speed that can help them attack defenses down the field. As Cam Cameron opens up the LSU offense with more spread principles, Netherly will get his shot to make plays down the field once he's on campus.
"I went to the spring game and I know they want to pass the ball more than they did last year. That's one of the things I liked is that they're going to throw the ball a lot more."
Netherly visited LSU again this summer and has been to campus numerous times and says it gets better each time.
"Everytime I go, I'm happy to be on campus and it just feels like family more and more."
Netherly isn't taking anymore visits to other schools and says he's 100 percent committed to LSU.