The Maryland hoops staff is actively recruiting nearby power Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), targeting the likes of shooting guard Josh Reaves and possibly point guard Kevin Dorsey in the 2015 class, while pushing for point guard Curtis Jones in the 2016 crop. And evidently there's another primetime recruit emerging at the Fairfax school, a sophomore power forward who has already generated plenty of recruiting interest.
Corey Manigault, a 6-foot-7, 175-pounder who projects to grow another three inches, claims one initial offer from Massachusetts while numerous others could be on the verge.
"UMass actually offered me before the season, around September, and Miami, Maryland, Oklahoma, LSU, West Virginia, Indiana, Xavier and a couple others have contacted my coaches about me," Manigault said. "It was cool to get the UMass offer. I don't know much about them yet, but it is a hard-working program. I know for awhile last year they were undefeated, and I know they finished strong. I'll probably check them out at some point."
Manigault did just take his first college visit May 31, when he trekked over to College Park, Md., with a couple teammates in order to meet the Maryland staff. The sophomore forward said head coach Mark Turgeon, his lead recruiter, Dustin Clark, assistant Cliff Warren and new DBO Nema Omidvar all treated him well.
"I liked the campus, the Comcast Center was awesome, and the coaches were great," Manigault said. "They treated me like family and showed me a great time. They explained all about the program and how they plan to win big there.
"Coach Clark, he's been following me since my freshman year, and I already have a great relationship with him. He's told me to stay on the right track, keep working and I'm going to be fine. Coach Turgeon and Coach Warren are recruiting me too, and I like all those guys. I'm looking forward to getting to know them more."
Manigault left the visit without an offer, but he believes he'll receive one at some point soon. If so, the Paul VI recruit said the early verbal would "mean a whole lot."
"It's the hometown school, the school I grew up watching. It would be huge to get an offer from Maryland," Manigault said. "Maryland is going to a great conference in the Big Ten, and I think they're going to do real well there. I know they didn't do so great last year and they lost a couple guys [to transfer], but I really think Maryland is going to be straight this year."
Two other schools that have been in close contact include Miami and Xavier. He said he's trying to visit both this summer.
"Miami has been in touch a good amount, and they want to get me on campus," he said. "And Xavier wants me up too, and I want to get up there at some point this summer."
Manigault spent his first year at Paul VI on jayvee before moving to varsity to start last season. He ended up starting about midway through the 2013-14 campaign, averaging seven points and about eight rebounds in the process. Manigault currently plays for the Team Takeover AAU program and is currently putting up about nine points and eight rebounds for a squad that's 19-5 overall.
"I think I've done pretty good so far in my career. I think I'm very versatile, I can hit the mid-range jumper and I can bang inside and get physical," Manigault said. "Probably what I need to work on most is my shooting, ball-handling and back-to-the-basket game.
"At the next level I see myself as a ‘four.' I'm like a Lamarcus Aldridge. I can bang inside, but if you give me space I can hit the open shot. Then I get physical, rebound and play defense too."
Paul VI Forward Likes UMD Early
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