JaMarcus Russell will not be an easy task for the Tigers, but if anyone comes
close to Russell in stature, its
Standing 6'5" in the pocket, the 210-pounder had a 58 percent completion rate and threw for 1,973 yards, 17 touchdowns and six picks. On the ground, he rushed and scrambled for 400 yards and six touchdowns.
The Bayside High School product said he has received 21 offers so far from the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, LSU, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke, Oregon, Miami, Florida International, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State, Florida State, Kansas State and Colorado to name a few.
Manuel said he does have a short list, but that he doesn't want to reveal it at this time.
"I'm keeping that to myself and I'm not ready to go public with it right now," he said. "I do have plans on committing early, though, probably in July or August."
has managed to take a few visits so far. He has taken trips to
"I had an awesome time at LSU," said Manuel. "My dad and I had a great time. We got to see the indoor facilities and get a good tour of the campus. We went into the stadium and you could just feel the spirit in their. Coach Miles spent 75 percent of the time we were there with us."
of his trips were in the same week as he got to see LSU during a midweek trip
and then headed to
had a good time at both," he said. "I got to watch film and stuff at
Manuel was in
"Everywhere you went there were LSU bumper stickers," said Manuel. "You can tell that LSU football is the town. That's a big morale boost."
LSU receivers coach D.J. McCarthy is handling Manuel's recruitment and stays in frequent contact with the big man.
"He works a lot with the offense so that's plus," said Manuel. "I talked to him yesterday, but we text just about every day. He basically just keeps in touch. I actually talked with coach Miles on Monday on the phone."
Note** 2.975 GPA 1050 SAT