Orange Have Interest in Dual-Threat Athlete

Syracuse has been doing a tremendous job recruiting talented defensive backs securing early verbal commitments from players like D'Amon Merkerson, Max Suter, and Ryan Gillum. Corey McManus is a highly touted player who has definitely caught the attention of the coaching staff.

Corey McManus, a 6-foot-0, 185-pound athlete from Coolidge High in Washington D.C. is dual threat athlete who is mainly being recruited as a defensive back.

During his junior season, McManus played cornerback, wide receiver, free safety and kick returner. On defense, he recorded four interceptions and 42 tackles. On offense, he caught 16 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns, and added two more scores off rushes on offense.

"Most of the schools are looking at me as a defensive back," McManus said when asked what position the schools project him to play on the next level. "Most of them are looking at me as a corner."

"I see myself as a defensive back. I know that I can be successful division one player if I push myself to get stronger and faster. I think I will do real good as a defensive back. I think my attitude towards the sport sets me apart."

"My favorite player is Sean Taylor. He is a hard worker and that work has paid off."

McManus has been receiving scattered interest throughout the summer and his list of favorites has changed with ebbs and flows of the process.

He had a strong showing at a session of North Carolina's summer camp and that is definitely one of the programs near the top of his list, but he is also looking at few other programs.

"I would say that North Carolina and Louisville are my top two for now," McManus informed. "I just feel more comfortable with those two."

"They have offered and I have an offer from Virginia. Syracuse has verbally offered."

McManus says that Syracuse University is recruiting him to play corner, and they are a program that he will be keeping a close eye on.

"I would really look in to the Syracuse program if they were to give me an official offer," McManus said.

McManus earned All-City honors for his performance on the field as a junior in 2005.


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