Dexter Manley story

This past weekend LSU fans got to witness the Tigers winning the SEC Western Division Championship and there were also a few recruits that were in attendance.

The list of official visitors may have been small in numbers but the guys who were in town were big on talent and Dexter Manley, Jr. is a prime example.

"I had a god time," said the 6-4, 260-pound defensive end from Santa Monica College. "I loved the campus and the people. The fans were so cool and the coaches were great. The facilities were the bomb too."

Manley and his mother got into town late Wednesday and they spent Thanksgiving Day with the coaches and players.

Going into the trip he wanted see if he could build the same kind of rapport he has built with Karl Dunbar throughout the recruiting process and he got his answer.

"The coaches were great," Manley said. "Coach (Bo) Pellini was real cool and I really liked coach (Les) Miles."

Manley just recently popped up on LSU's radar so he was interested in hearing what Miles thought about his game.

"He said you don't have good speed and you don't have great speed," Manley said. "He said you've got rare speed. He said that kind of speed does not come along often. He said he would put me in on third downs next week if he could."

Manley's player hosts for the trip were Melvin Oliver and E.J. Kuale but he spent more time with fellow juco defensive end Louis Holmes, who was also in town for his official.

"That's my boy," Manley said. "We're going to chill together when we get back home. I'm going to go stay with him and he is going to come stay with me."

One reason the coaches brought Manley and Holmes in on the same weekend is so the two could meet and hopefully decide to play together.

"We talked about that and the coaches did too," said Manley. "He (Holmes) said it would be tight for us to play opposite of one another. We talked about how dominant we could be playing on the same line."

Did the two juco studs think about pulling the trigger and giving the Tigers their pledge?

"I don't want to speak for him but I definitely considered it," Manley said. "But, I didn't commit because that was my first visit. I need to check out some other schools to make sure that LSU is it."

Manley said he may take an official visit to Oregon either this weekend or next weekend and then after that he may take a trip to Arizona.

When asked if there was a timetable for making a decision, he replied, "It will probably be sometime in January."

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