BALTIMORE, Md. -- There's another new gunslinger on the local prep football scene, and he's a lot like an old one.
At the Aug. 22 St. John's (Washington, D.C.) - Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) scrimmage at Gilman, Cadets junior quarterback Talik Mann almost looked like a young Kai Locksley, the Gilman four-star senior passer signal-caller headed to FSU.
Mann, at 6-feet-3, 185-pounds, long and athletic but still raw as a thrower, looked like Locksley a few years back when he emerged on the scene. Another good-looking physical prospect still working on his throwing mechanics and footwork, Mann helped the Cadets to an 11-0 win in both teams' final scrimmage before opening in late August.
Mann transferred in this year to St. John's from Richmond, Va.'s, Meadowbrook High School.
"It's a good atmosphere. I like it here, I like the players, and when I came here we built a good friendship," Mann said of SJCHS. "It's a good place to be."
Mann got a handful of series as SJCHS rotated 3-4 quarterbacks throughout, and showed glimpses of his live feet and arm, but with still much work to be done. He was aiming balls more so than throwing, and missed on some deep and intermediate shots, either a bit too deep or too short at times. He did show good accuracy on some out routes when he squared up and delivered, though other times he was more hesitant and late arriving with the ball. But one can tell all the physical tools are there once he becomes more refined.
"I would say, me personally, my footwork and getting my timing, getting good connections with my wide receivers and making big plays. Definitely more big plays downfield to win games," Mann said.
Mann said he doesn't know much yet about the Terps, though he is well aware of them. Growing up, he liked Ohio State, UVA, and Virginia Tech, while he camped this summer at NC State and Duke.
Also in touch are West Virginia, Wake Forest and UVA. He does not play defense, and is set on becoming a college quarterback.
Last season, as a junior at Meadowbrook, he threw 14 touchdowns while amassing 1,400 yards through the air. He considers himself more of a pocket passer than a runner.
"My expectations for this team, when we get this all together I see us being a real tough team," Mann said.
Mann said he might play basketball and track at St. John's as well. He said the recruiting process is still very much in its early stages as far as his football future goes.
"Footwork, timing, and being a leader vocally and by example, those are the things I am working on the most now," Mann said.
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