2011 Intro: Chris Manns

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --- During Mount Tabor's 2007 state championship pep rally, Chris Manns, who was then a 250-pound freshman, surprised the crowd.

"One of the DBs did [a back flip] right at the end of the pep rally when the cheerleaders were doing it," Mount Tabor assistant football coach Ray Rhodes said. "And then all the sudden I saw Chris do it. I thought ‘Oh my God, don't get hurt.'"

Even now at 6-foot-1 and 285 pounds, Manns says he's capable of doing a back flip.

"When I was young, the thing to do was back flips," Manns explained. "I just never got scared or never got away from doing them [as I got older and gained weight]."

That athleticism has helped Manns on the football field. He has started at tackle in Mount Tabor's 4-4 defense since his freshman season and is a two-time All-Northwest Region selection by the Winston-Salem Journal.

"He's a natural athlete and he moves well and he has clean feet," Rhodes said. "He probably could play about any position. He can run, he can catch. He can catch punts, but that's not something we would do… He's just a very athletic guy."

Manns ended his junior season with 81 tackles, including 28 for a loss, nine sacks, and seven forced fumbles.

"He's a very disruptive force," Rhodes said. "He's a guy that you've got to account for if you're an offensive line coach. Or if you're an offensive coordinator you've either got to double-team him or run away from him… He'll change the line-of-scrimmage, which makes it tough to run the football."

Six games into last season, Manns became a starter at offensive guard filling a void created by injury.

"[Playing Manns at guard] made our offense a whole lot more efficient," Rhodes said. "We only have two schemes. We try to tie in those run schemes with our pass protections. But he picked it up pretty well. And he's a very dominant run blocker."

Manns will likely start both ways during his senior season.

Off the football field, Manns is a certified lifeguard, has been a member of diving teams, and is a part of both Mount Tabor's wrestling and track and field teams. He participates in the shot put and discus in spring track.

Recognizing his athleticism, NC State offered Manns a scholarship in late February. He is still awaiting his second offer, but is receiving interest from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

"I think everybody wants to make sure his grades are straight," Rhodes said. "I think he's working real hard on that."

In February, Manns visited UNC for its Junior Day, which was an invitation-only event.

"[They discussed] my position, my grades – that was the first thing," Manns said.

Manns has also attended junior days at South Carolina and Wake Forest, and plans to attend NC State's upcoming junior day.

Manns, who grew up a UNC fan, doesn't have any favorite schools.

"I like all the schools," Manns said. "I don't particularly like one school over the others. I just want to go to school and play football."

Manns' former teammate, Hunter Furr, is a sophomore running back at UNC.

"He says ‘You should come, it's a nice school,'" Manns said. "But he doesn't really put too much pressure on me."

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