State Offers Manns

Winston-Salem (NC) Mt. Tabor defensive tackle Chris Manns talks with Pack Pride about his recent offer from NC State.

2010 is proving to be a deep year for in-state talent and Winston-Salem (NC) Mount Tabor defensive tackle Chris Manns is one of the latest prospects to pick up a scholarship offer from NC State.

The Pack is hardly alone in liking what the 6-2, 305-pound lineman has to offer. With excellent size and the ability to clog the middle of the line, Manns is solid against the run and will only get better once he has the opportunity to spend a little time in a college weight program.

Manns talked about the recent interest that the Wolfpack has shown.

"State offered me about two weeks ago I think," Manns told Pack Pride. "I think my coach may have sent them some film. I haven't visited up there yet."

Manns said he has had the chance to speak with someone from the NC State coaching staff but said he didn't remember which coach it was.

"I think it might have been the head coach (Tom O'Brien), but I'm not really sure. Maybe it was just the coach that's recruiting me. They were just saying that they're offering me and they told me congratulations. They told me if I need time to think about it then take it."

Has Manns thought about committing, or does he want to take his time with the recruiting process?

"I don't know," he replied. "I'm just sort of confused right now. I'm just thinking about things. I don't have any bad thoughts or good thoughts about schools right now. I'm just trying to think about everything."

If NC State were the only school in the mix his decision might be an easy one. They aren't, however. North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Clemson have all shown interest, though they haven't offered yet, and that appears to be weighing on his future decision and where he'll spend the next four or five years in college.

"I don't have any favorites right now. I did visit North Carolina (on Saturday) and that was pretty cool. It was a great experience. They told me they wouldn't mind seeing me at a camp or two. I think I'm supposed to be going to NC State next weekend."

Last fall Manns recorded 81 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles. He said his ability to disrupt things up front and get into the offensive backfield set him apart from many defensive tackles in high school.

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