Manuel Talks About LSU

E.J. Manuel is one of the nation's top signal callers and the top dog on LSU's radar for 2008.

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 strong-armed passer had narrowed his field to 10 teams a few weeks back and he gave us a snapshot of the teams on his list.


"LSU, Florida State, Alabama, Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers, Tennessee and North Carolina are my top teams right now," said Manuel.


Manuel did have a great time when he last visited LSU before the start of summer but he may have to wait a few months before he trips back South.


"LSU is just a great school," said Manuel. "Coach Miles and all the other coaches were great when I was up there. I really just had a good time when I was there. It was relaxing and both my father and I really enjoyed ourselves.


"I didn't feel like they were trying to sell the school to me; it was more of just an experience of what college life would be like there. I wanted to visit again over the summer but I'm not sure if I am going to be able to because of financial situations. I may have to wait and just do it on an official visit."


Manuel also visited North Carolina, Miami and Rutgers.


"They are all great schools and they all have unique things about them," said Manuel. "I think what made LSU the best was because of the amount of time I had to spend there. I had three days to really just see everything on campus and get the feel of college life."


Manuel is in frequent contact with LSU receivers coach D.J. McCarthy and spoke with him early on Sunday.


"We were just talking about what was going on and how they were getting ready for camp to start," Manuel said. "When we talk we talk about life outside of football more than anything else so it was just our normal conversation."







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