Netherly to Visit Texas Tech

Crosby receiver Mannie Netherly discusses his relationship with Texas Tech, his visit plans, his overall recruitment and his expanded role in the offense this upcoming season.

Texas Tech's coaching staff is looking to add to its wide receiver corps in the class of 2017, and Crosby (Texas) wide receiver Mannie Netherly is one prospect that they have identified early.

The four-star recruit has been noticed by other programs around the state as well and the coaches will have to fend off some competition if they hope to land the standout recruit. Netherly has had a busy summer, visiting schools such as Houston and Texas, and will cap it off with an unofficial visit to Lubbock at the end of July.

"My latest offer is from U of H, I went up there not too long ago. I think on Tuesday I talked to coach Morris from Texas Tech. I'm going up there not this week but the week after that, going up there for a visit. I think that's all for the summer."

Offensive coordinator Eric Morris is the primary recruiter of the speedy prospect, and spoke to him when he went to visit the coaches at one of Texas Tech's Houston-area satellite camps back in June.

"Texas Tech had a camp down here, so I had gone up to talk to some coaches and stuff. Coach Morris had gave me his number, so I could call him and set (the visit) up."

With other Crosby products like 2016 offensive linemen Keenan Murphy and Chase Bridgeman, the Cougars seem primed to take District 21-5A by storm and make a deep playoff run after a semifinals exit last year. They start fall camp soon, and Netherly is eager to take the field.

"I'm just ready to play some football, to be honest. I was looking on Twitter and stuff, all the posts that came out like Dave Campbell, they ranked us No. 5 in the state. Now we've just gotta go out there to prove to Crosby and to Houston that we are the #5 team in the state. We didn't get there for no reason. We're the dominant team. If we don't go to state next year, it's state or bust for us, so we've got to prove our point."

Netherly put up 228 yards and three touchdowns on only sixteen catches last season as a sophomore, rushing for 122 yards and a pair of scores more. As a junior, he will see a much expanded role in the offense and all the responsibilities that come with it.

"It means a lot to me this year. Last year I didn't have to play that long, I was just out there making plays for the team. We had our seniors leave. Now I'm the leading outside receiver, I'm the only one that played varsity last year right now. So right now, they're kind of looking up to me. I know if I slack, I know they're gonna try to slack, and if they slack, it's not gonna look good for the outside receivers. I'm just gonna try to stay grinding for them and for us and keep us motivated."

With one of the better offensive lines in Class 5A, Crosby is going to make things rough on the rest of District 21-5A. The Cougars' offensive coordinator, coach DJ Mann, will use that offensive line to pave the way for C/O 2018 rusher Craig Williams while keeping defenses honest on the outside with Netherly.

"He said they need a deep threat for this year, and he said I'm the guy."

Netherly has plenty of time until National Signing Day 2017, but the soon-to-be junior plans on enrolling early and would like to commit shortly after his junior year. With that only five months away, his recruitment is starting to take shape.

"Right now I'm just seeing what will come in. I have a couple of favorites. Tech is a favorite, U of H is a favorite. If LSU offered me, Texas, Texas A&M, they'd be up there too. So right now I'm just playing it out, seeing what I can get from the schools."

The Scout 300 prospect, who is currently ranked as the No. 12 WR in the state for 2017, visited Texas's Under the Lights camp this past weekend and also plans on visiting LSU. A desire to play close to home will likely keep him from committing to a school that's too far out-of-state.

"Yeah, I don't really want to go too far away. My freshman year, I didn't really think I was gonna get this many offers. But my sophomore year, going into my junior year... My freshman year, I was like, 'I want to leave the state, I want to go to UCLA, Florida,' but now that I really think about it I want to be close to home."

Netherly holds offers from BYU, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas, SMU, and Texas Tech. He lists interest from Texas and LSU among others.

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