He doesn’t hold any offers from Power 5 schools, but when all is said and done, 2017 Lancaster (Tex.) wide receiver Omar Manning could be one of the most sought-after receivers in the Metroplex.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior already holds offers from Houston, Toledo, Lousiana-Lafayette and Illinois State, and after his game against Mansfield Timberview, SMU became the latest team to extend an offer to the rising Texas wideout.
Manning picked up his offer from Mustangs’ running backs coach Claude Mathis after showing off his skillset to the first-year college coach.
“He said he liked my film so when he came to watch us against Mansfield Timberview, he liked the way I played enough to offer,” Manning said. “He likes the way I play physical, and my speed and my hands. He said that they want to use me a lot of different ways.”
Manning, who is also hearing from Tennessee, TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, had the chance to watch the Mustangs take on East Carolina. While the Mustangs lost, he was impressed by the way they battled until the end, and with his overall experience.
“They’ve got a pretty nice campus, and their fans were very welcoming,” Scout’s 5th ranked receiver in Texas said. “A lot of people knew me when I visited and they did pretty well in the game also.’’
Manning does not have any set plans to get back to the Hilltop, but if he has the time, he would like to.
The standout junior also realizes that the Mustangs’ record this year doesn’t necessarily reflect the trajectory of the program.
“They’ve got a new coach and right now they’re rebuilding. They should be pretty good though,” Manning pointed out. “They’ve got a pretty good class coming in next year so that will help.”
The Scout four-star receiver hasn’t picked up that first Power 5 offer just yet, but Metroplex rival TCU could be the first Big 12 team to pull the trigger, Manning says.
With more offers expected to role in, Manning has no timetable for a decision and plans to keep his options open.
For Manning, however, the school he does decide to attend has to check a couple of boxes off.
“The school itself has to have good academics and be family-oriented,” Manning said. “I want to feel at home whenever I go. I love teams that can spread the ball and throw the ball down the field; an air raid offense.”
Manning’s only scheduled college visit at the moment is to TCU’s matchup against the Baylor Bears the day after Thanksgiving.