"I'm going to take my officials visits to Texas, Ole Miss and LSU. "They
are all in January. I go to Texas (1/14), Ole Miss (1/21) and my last visit
is to LSU (1/28). There's really not anymore schools in the picture for me.
I'm just trying to focus on my season and those three schools."
This past weekend Deontay and his family were in Oxford unofficially to see the Rebels play New Mexico State.
"I loved it. My parents loved it. I just love Ole Miss, honestly. It's so genuine. The people are genuine. I love their coaches too. Their players are cool. It's just a great program."
This was his fourth unofficial visit to Ole Miss during his recruitment but first game to attend.
"It was great to see what the game day atmosphere was like being my first time. I wanted to see what their fans were like at the games and look at their tradition. My parents wanted to see what it was like too. They already know everything else about Ole Miss so it was really about us seeing the game day atmosphere. We didn't get there until halftime but there wasn't a seat in the house empty when we got there. That was impressive because they weren't playing a big team or anything. Everybody was into the game. It was great."
What stands out about Texas?
"I talk to their coaches just about everyday. I love them. Their record doesn't bother me. I'm not really focused on who is winning or not this season. I'm just looking for a place I can get some early playing and has the best environment for me."
The home state feel makes Texas a good environment for Anderson.
"It's in the city. I'm from Texas so I'm comfortable there."
LSU's main attractive is their head coach.
"I love coach (Les) Miles. He has that swagger about him."
The environment gives him the same feeling as he does when he's at Texas.
"It's in a city too. Lots of Texans go to school there. I feel good when I'm on their campus."
Ole Miss' environment is different and unique.
"I fit in really good there. You have to go there to see it for yourself. Ole Miss is just a beautiful campus in a beautiful town. It's a big school in a small town. A lot of people don't know that because it's in Mississippi, but you have to go there to see it for yourself. It's amazing. It's my favorite place I have seen so far."
The season for Manvel is going as hoped.
"It's going good. We are 5-1 right now. We lost in the semifinals last year. We are trying to get that ring before we leave. I'm being more physical this season. I have gained some weight (207) and I've gotten a lot stronger. Mentally I feel like I'm the best player on the field. I missed three games because of an achilles injury but I returned last week. I feel good. I didn't tear it or anything. I should be back to 100% in the next week or two. Just in the right time for the stretch run."
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org