Name: Terrell Manning
Hometown: Laurinburg, North Carolina
High School: Scotland County High School
Notes: After a strong junior year, Terrell Manning is playing even better in his final season at Laurinburg (NC) Scotland County High School. Through five games, Manning has led the Fighting Scots to a 5-0 record, sparking a defense that has yielded just 32 total points on the season (6.4 PPG).
Individually, he has totaled 67 tackles (13.4 TPG), four sacks, three interceptions, a forced fumble, and an interception return for a touchdown.
His best game thus far may have come against local rival Marlboro County (SC) High School, a perennial power in the state of South Carolina. In Scotland's 19-14 victory, Manning recorded 20 tackles and two interceptions, including a game-clinching pick in the final minute with Marlboro deep in Scotland territory.
Here are exclusive highlights of the four-star linebacker from the game, along with updated scouting reports from Miller Safrit and Steve Williams!
Scouting Report #1: "Manning continues to show excellent instincts and appears to be getting better at making primary reads on the ball and while not showing false steps even on counters and the quarterback's option read.
"He has excellent vertical speed in the box and keeps his body square with the line of scrimmage until a final burst to the ball. He keeps his shirt clean even with offensive linemen getting to the second level.
"Manning needs to work on consistency with his tackling. He tackles high, leaves his feet too often, and many times he undercuts a play to tackle from behind -- something that will not work in college." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
Scouting Report #2: "The three areas that Terrell Manning has really improved on since last year are his instincts, field awareness and pass drops. He shows tremendous reaction-time on the field and seems to have a sense for where plays are going before they develop. Manning does a great job of shedding blocks and avoiding interference on his way to the ball carrier. He plays with a little swagger and has become the leader of the Scotland County defense. Manning is the player that others lean on to come up with big plays when they're needed and he hasn't disappointed.
"Another facet of his game that has really improved has been his drops into zone coverage. On one play in particular, Manning quickly recognizes pass, gets good depth and has the field awareness to know that a wide receiver is running behind him. He easily steps in front of the pass for an interception.
"If there's any part of his game that Manning will need to work on, it's his tackling fundamentals. His aggressiveness causes him to take poor angles at times which puts him in a position to make arm tackles. However, this will be easily correctable in college. In all, Manning continues to show why he's one of the top linebackers in the nation." -- Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
Sr. Film: LB #35 Terrell Manning - Scotland Co. vs. Marlboro Co. -
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