His offer from the Wolverines came after brief conversation with U-M tight ends coach, Greg Frey, who made his impression known to the rising sophomore immediately after watching Manuel’s film.
“He watched my film and said I was a ‘beast,’” Manuel said.
Adding: “It’s one of the schools that I like because one of my favorite players Jabrill Peppers went there, so obviously that’s big, that’s a big time offer cause I like Peppers. Then Michigan has one of my favorite receivers, Tarik Black.”
Manual says he befriended Black in San Antonio, Texas, at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl week earlier this year.
“I got to hangout out with him and stuff and he was playing in the All American game,” Manuel said of Black.
Besides a connection with Frey and Black, Manuel has already been building a strong relationship with Jay Harbaugh. He says he hopes to meet Harbaugh for the first time on a campus visit later on in his recruitment, plus he would like see some of the weather elements Michigan has to offer as well.
“I would want to see some snow,” Manuel said with a laugh. “I haven’t seen snow yet. I would want to see some snow. I would also want a chance to meet up with coach Jay, hangout with him a little bit. Definitely get with Tarik and just go down there and make a great connection with Michigan. It’s definitely a place I would like to play.”
And if you wondering if location or weather will play a factor in Manuel’s decision, he made his feeling known on that issue.
“Weather doesn’t affect anything, I’m a ball player,” Manuel said.
Manuel’s brother, and high school teammate, Miller Merriweather-Lewis, also holds a Michigan offer. He says the two of them will be checking out Louisville and Tennessee this summer. He also adds that there is a good chance they are a package deal at whichever school they commit to.
“He always says he knows where he wants to go, but he won’t tell me,” Manuel said of his brother. “A the end of the day, we are always together. I think we are going to go to the same school because that’s easier on our parents.”