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 six games, Manning has led the Fighting Scots to a 6-0 record, sparking a defense that has yielded just 39 total points on the season (6.5 PPG).
Individually, he has totaled 78 tackles (13 TPG), five sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and an interception return for a touchdown.
Manning certainly impressed onlookers in last month's win over Wendell (NC) East Wake High School. In the game, he tallied 14 tackles, three sacks and returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown as the Fighting Scots won 39-0.
Here are exclusive highlights of the four-star linebacker from the game, along with 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. East Wake -
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