Junior update: Corsicana's Jonte Manning

Several D-I coaches will be making the trip to Northeast Texas this spring to take a peek at Corsicana Head coach <B>Jeff Berry's</B> top two prospects for the class of '04. Inside Texas already profiled Corsicana's <B>Clarence Robinson</B> and now we turn our attention to his teammate <B>Jonte Manning</B>.

Manning, who goes about 6-2, 205 pounds, simply looks like a stud. A free safety/outside linebacker-type with 4.5 forty speed, who also doubles as a kick returner, usually creates a stir. Look for him to move to an OLB position this season.

"His run support coming from the safety position is something he probably needs to work on more if he is to play safety on the next level," Berry told IT.

"With the size he has and he's probably going to grow another inch or two," Berry explained, "we're going to move him to outside linebacker. That actually is the position that suits his talents more and that's what were going to do with him this season. It will help him out a lot. I just think he projects better as an outside linebacker."

Stats: 42 tackles, 3 INTs, 3 PBUs and 1 forced fumble as a free safety.

Look for his tackle count to considerably increase if he does in fact move to more of an OLB role.


"His best two qualities right now are his size and speed," Berry said. "He can run."

That would seem to correlate with the sub-50 clocking he recorded as a junior in the 400 meters. Manning's mile-relay team also won a state championship that year, so the kid definitely owns a set of wheels.

Weightroom numbers?

"Well, it's probably going to be a lot higher the next time you call because the last time we did any lifting and testing was back in November," the Corsicana head man said. "But in November he had a 230-pound bench and a 315-pound squat."

Accolades: 2nd-team all-district as a free safety in '02.

Bloodlines: Look no further than to former Corsicana standout defensive back Daniel Manning (Jonte Manning's older brother), who initially went to play his college ball for the Cornhuskers before transferring to Abilene Christian to play corner.

Presently, Manning has decent grades and a good GPA. He's also taking all of his tests so he can get fully qualified.

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