Gene's Page recently caught up with Hillcrest (Tuscaloosa, AL) High School running back Markus Manson. Manson, ranked as one of the top 15 running backs in the nation by TheInsiders, is 6-0.5, 190 with 4.4 speed. He talked about the schools he is interested in, including Mississippi State."> Gene's Page recently caught up with Hillcrest (Tuscaloosa, AL) High School running back Markus Manson. Manson, ranked as one of the top 15 running backs in the nation by TheInsiders, is 6-0.5, 190 with 4.4 speed. He talked about the schools he is interested in, including Mississippi State.">

Markus Manson Update

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/highschool/football/2004/mansonmarkus.jpg" align="left"> Gene's Page recently caught up with Hillcrest (Tuscaloosa, AL) High School running back Markus Manson. Manson, ranked as one of the top 15 running backs in the nation by TheInsiders, is 6-0.5, 190 with 4.4 speed. He talked about the schools he is interested in, including Mississippi State.

Markus Manson interview.

Isn't Mississippi State recruiting you?
"Yes."

Are you interested in them?
"I'm going down there this weekend. At first, they weren't recruiting me. Then, when Coach Croom and Coach McCorvey went down there, they started recruiting me."

Is that the reason you are interested in them?
"Yes sir. We are going to go down there this weekend and I'll see how it is. I'll see what I like about them."

What other schools are you officially visiting?
"I am going to Alabama on the 30th and Florida on the 16th. I don't know my other two visits right now."

What schools have done in-home visits with you?
"Auburn, Florida and Georgia. Those three schools."

So, MSU hasn't been to your house yet?
"No sir."

My understanding is you are committed to Florida?
"Yes sir."

What is it about Mississippi State and Alabama that has generated enough interest that you want to visit them?
"It is family issues but I don't want to talk about that."

I know you said you are interested in MSU because of coaches Croom and McCorvey. Are there other reasons?
"McCorvey came down here and talked to me when he was at Tennessee. He was recruiting me there. Then, he told me that he had left Tennessee to come down here (to MSU)."

It sounds like you like him?
"Yes sir."

What do you like about Coach Croom?
"I don't know Coach Croom, but my aunt went to school with him."

Do you know where he coached prior to coming to MSU?
"He coached running backs at Green Bay."


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