Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) senior forward Corey Manigault had been committed to Pittsburgh since last March and then signed his National Letter of Intent in November. But after Pitt hired former-Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings to replace Jamie Dixon, it gave the 6-foot-8, 230-pound big man some pause.
Then, after discussing the situation with his family, Manigault opted to reopen his recruitment, decommitting from Pitt March 28. The Paul VI product said he spoke to the Panthers’ athletic director, and since there was a coaching change, Manigault was allowed to be released from his scholarship.
“I just wanted to step back and reevaluate things,” said Manigault, who previously held offers from Pitt, Georgetown, Maryland, UMass, Miami, Temple, VCU, Va Tech and Xavier. “With the coaching change, I just wanted to be sure I’m making the right decision. There’s still a possibility I might go back to Pitt, but I just wanted to see what my options were.”
Manigault could be released from his scholarship March 29, so he hasn’t spoken to any coaches at other universities yet. However, his Paul VI coaches have already heard from “a whole lot of schools,” per the forward.
“I can’t remember them all, but Maryland, South Carolina, Georgetown, Arizona State, Virginia Tech and a bunch of others have been talking to my coaches,” Manigault said. “There’s a lot of schools interested in me now. But I have to sit down with my family and discuss it all.”
One school Manigault figures to have interest in is nearby UMD. The Fairfax native has been in College Park, Md., multiple times and couldn’t say enough about the Terps after the staff offered him in October 2014.
“Maryland is right up the street. It’s the hometown school,” Manigault said. “I was in touch with Coach [Dustin] Clark and Coach [Cliff] Warren a good bit before I committed. I liked him and the staff there a lot. I always enjoyed myself up there. It was the only school I really visited besides Pitt.”
Manigault went on to say that he likes Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon and what he’s been able to accomplish in College Park.
“Coach Turgeon is a good guy, he does well with big men, he gets his big involved, and he develops them,” Manigault said. “Maryland did real well this year too, making it to [the Sweet 16]. It’s a good school. I’d look at them if they contacted me.”
Manigault didn’t want to say he’d promptly commit to UMD if Turgeon and Co. reached out, however. He said he would have to discuss the situation with his parents and evaluate all his available options.
Manigault also mentioned he could potentially take a couple visits before the mid-April regular signing period.
“But, like I said, it’s all things I have to discuss with my parents,” Manigault said. “Right now I’m just waiting things out and seeing what happens.”
Manigault is coming off a senior season where he averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds.
“I think I’m a versatile big man who can score inside, step outside and hit the 3 and create mismatches,” Manigault said. “Defensively, I rebound, I take charges, I wall off, and I’m physical in the paint.”