Commitment Diary: Terrell Manning - Week 1

Laurinburg (NC) Scotland County and NC State commitment Terrell Manning is doing a weekly diary for Pack Pride.com that will focus on his senior season. In Manning's first entry he discusses his first few weeks of practice, talking with the Wolfpack coaches, and much more!

Laurinburg (NC) Scotland County and NC State commitment Terrell Manning is doing a weekly diary for Pack Pride.com that will focus on his senior season. In Manning's first entry he discusses his first few weeks of practice, talking with the Wolfpack coaches, and much more!

Wednesday, August 8 (8:00 P.M.)
This is my first time talking with anybody since I committed and everything has been a lot slower. Man, I'm not going to complain about it either! I like how slow it has been, and it was one of my reasons for me committing, other than I just liked State. Really I'm just happy that I'm going to where I want to go to college.

I talked with the coaches this week, and I had them talk with my teammate, Adrian Jones. He's been doing what he does on the field, and it sounds like he wants to go to NC State too.

"Maddox was real excited
about me joining him."
Practice has been going good for me. We're looking to play real well when we have our first scrimmage on Friday against Kannapolis (A.L. Brown). I don't know too much about them, but they are a 3A team, and they have won a lot games. They are real solid, but we'll be ready. I know I'm ready.

Ever since I committed I've talked with some other recruits. I talked with [Dwayne] Allen, I texted [Mike] Glennon, and I've talked to Earl Wolff... he's from around my way. I also had a conversation with [Dwayne] Maddox, our other linebacker from North Carolina. Maddox was real excited about me joining him... he's happy to be able to play with me and we're looking to do big things when we get up at State.

Saturday, August 11 (4:30 P.M.)
We took care of business in our first scrimmage against Kannapolis. We knew that they were a real big 3A school that competed every year. We actually scrimmaged them last year and they were tough so we knew it wouldn't be easy for us. We were able to see how far our defense has come along, and we held their first group to no points. We looked real strong.

"I think my hit was probably
the biggest play in the game."
I'm telling you I think my hit was probably the biggest play in the game. They tried to do a little screen play on me, and I read it perfectly. By the time their guy tried to turn up field he ran right into me, and it wasn't pretty. That play sticks out to me a lot because I didn't play but only about five series. We had a real deep rotation going in, and we didn't try to do too much. We know it's going to be a long season, so we're trying to get all of our players ready.

I feel like I'm working myself into game shape. At first I was a little tired but once my adrenaline started pumping I felt good.

One thing I've noticed is things are a lot calmer for me around town now. Everybody talks about how they see me on the news or in the paper from when I committed, but it's been a lot calmer. I can now play football.

Tuesday, August 14 (9:45 P.M.)
Practices the last couple of days have been rough. Today I hurt my arm when we were scrimmaging each other, and I thought I had broke it at first but it's only a deep bruise. Even though it's a bruise, it's pretty bad. Not only did I get hurt in practice, but we've been running a lot. We're dealing with a few discipline problems right now and the way we handle those is when someone gets in trouble, everybody runs.

We have a scrimmage on Thursday, and I think the teams in it are Forsyth, Hoggard, and Reidsville. I don't know much about any of those teams to tell you the truth. I've never even heard of them, but we'll make sure they will remember us.

"Our coaches have been
me a lot too."

Right now I'm not sure if I will be able to play in the scrimmage or not because of my arm. I'm pretty sure I'm going to try and go at it because I know my team needs me and my teammates will be wanting me to play.

We're running a 3-5 on defense, and I'm playing the outside linebacker over-the-top of our tackle. Our coaches have me doing a lot of slow release on the backside. I'm playing mainly on the backside because teams run away from me anyways so I'll be there for containment, and I will be ready when that back tries to cutback. Our coaches have been blitzing me a lot too. You know I'm liking that because it is a chance to make more big plays.

The lat time I talked with the State coaches was last week when they had just come off the practice field. I didn't get to talk with them too much, and I've been busy with our practices just like I know they have been busy. I'm going to try and get up there real soon so I can watch them practice, but I don't know yet which day it will be.


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