Size isn't always everything, but it certainly doesn't hurt on the football field. Kenneth Mann, from Burleson High School, is every bit of his 6'5" frame and brings 260lbs with it. His size and play on the field is a big part as to why he now has 22 offers and Texas State is one of them.
So far Mann has visited Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma. Neither program has offered, but all three remain seriously interested. Big time programs that have offered include: Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, California, Connecticut, Houston, and plenty others have joined Texas State in their pursuit of the highly recruited D-End.
Texas State O-line Coach Brad Bedell is leading the recruiting charge. Mann has taken notice and is gaining more and more interest towards the Bobcats. So much so that a visit to San Marcos could be in the works for the nationally coveted D-End.
"I like Texas State. I like Coach Bedell, he's pretty cool. I was thinking about taking that visit. It's probably only a 3-4 hour drive."
With so many options, Kenneth is completely open and won't start narrowing things down until after he takes his official visits. That bodes well for those that are getting him on campus, officially or unofficially. Those schools will have an edge in his recruitment.
Along with his size, Mann does have good speed. He's been clocked as a fast as a 4.8. For a big defensive end, he can move. One other thing that jumps out about his speed is that as a d-lineman, he explodes on contact. Almost reminiscent of a linebacker or hard hitting safety. As a ball carrier, not too many stand a chance when he locks in.
For the rest of the summer, Kenneth is continuing to work on his pass rushing ability. On firing off the line and getting the best jump he can on the ball. Add that to a motor that doesn't stop and you can bet he'll see an increase in his 92 tackle 7 sack performance from his junior year. For most standards, a pretty good year.
Even though he plans to wait until after his visits, Kenneth does have some things he's looking for in programs that are after him.
"That they offer my major. I want to go to a big school, but a small campus feel. Really family oriented."
Mann is currently rated a 3-Star prospect and is ranked the 67th best DE in the entire class, by Scout.com National Recruiting Analysts.