LOI #12: DE Dave Mann

Lithonia (GA) DE Dave Mann has signed with NC State!

Dave Mann
Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #154 defensive end
Size: 6-3, 240-pounds
Hometown: Lithonia, GA
School: Lithonia

Projected position at NCSU: Defensive end

Stats: As a senior in 2010, Mann registered 35 tackles and nine sacks and was selected to play in the Georgia North-South all-star game.

Commit Date: October 4, 2010

Recruiting Scene: Mann spent most of his high school days at Fairburn (GA) Our Lady of Mercy, a tiny school where he was a dominant football player. Some schools had taken notice but he wanted to find a bigger school where he could get more exposure. That's why he ended up at Lithonia, and the move paid off. NC State, West Virginia and Georgia Tech all made him a priority and his nine sacks in 2010 showed he was worthy of their interest.

Mann visited NC State for the Pack's game against West Virginia last season and he was blown away by his experience in Raleigh. Shortly after the trip he talked things over with his mother and decided that NC State is where he wanted to attend school. Mann has aspired to be an engineer, so that was something else working in the Pack's favor. He decided to stick with NC State despite a late offer from Georgia Tech.

Why NC State?: "Obviously you want to go to a school where you connect with the coaches and players. That's who I'll be spending most of my time with since I'll be playing football. We just had a connection (when he visited). The players took to me. I felt like I was a player already. ...

"It was a great trip. I really liked it. I enjoyed the campus. I didn't know it was so big. That was a big shocker to me. This year I transferred from a small high school of about 300 kids to a bigger school of about 2,000 [students] and I love a big school atmosphere. That's what I want [for college]. As far as football, their head coach is a really good guy and coach [Mike] Reed is a great guy, too.

Picked NC State over:
West Virginia and Georgia Tech

Scouting Report: Mann has said he would like to add ten pounds, which would put him at 250. Given his frame that is probably his ideal playing weight, which means he doesn't have a lot of work to do on that front. He could be a candidate to contribute early. He's also a good athlete that has proven himself to have versatility. Halfway through his senior season at Lithonia his coaches started switching him around to different positions out of need.

Mann gets off the ball well and is quick off the edge, but he's also disciplined, which will help in containing mobile quarterbacks. He should also take well to defending the run because of those attributes.

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