With dozens of offers from across the country, Omar Manning has plenty of options.
The 6-foot-3, 203-pound national top 100 receiver told Scout in the wee hours of Monday morning following Lancaster (Texas) High School's "Midnight Madness" kickoff practice that he's potentially close to a commitment in the coming weeks.
"I pretty much have three teams it’s coming down to," Manning said. "I don’t really wanna say (the three schools) publicly, but before the season I’m gonna try to make a decision."
Manning said a decision could come as soon as within the next two weeks, or before the week of Lancaster High's 2016 season-opener, which is Aug. 26 against fellow Dallas metro-area power Denton Ryan.
Manning, who Scout ranks as the No. 1 receiver in a stellar 2017 Texas high school wideout class, is also the No. 9 receiver prospect nationally and the No. 72 overall prospect in the Scout 300. During the offseason, he has taken unofficial visits to programs such as Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, and Texas A&M.
Manning said even if he commits before the season starts, schools will still get official visits.
"I’m still gonna take officials," he said, "but I have to sort through which ones."
So what's the top wideout in the state of Texas' senior class looking for in a school?
"All-around family atmosphere, how the coaches are, the recruits that are coming in, how the system is, how my playing time will be when I first get in, things like that," Manning said.
Manning enjoyed a breakout junior season in 2015, when he finished with 33 catches for 671 yards and a team-high 12 touchdowns as he averaged better than 20 yards per reception. Manning helped Lancaster reach the Texas Class 5A Division II state quarterfinals with a 10-4 record. He will team with talented three-star playmaker Cartrell Thomas this fall to once again give Lancaster one of the top receiving duos in Texas high school football.
Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor any potential upcoming developments in Manning's recruitment.
Below is Scout's evaluation of Manning:
Manning is a big outside receiver prospect already north of 200 pounds with the space on his 6-foot-3+ frame to get even larger. Impressive downfield threat with good long speed. Dangerous red-zone weapon thanks to size and leaping ability. Consistently high-points the ball. Proven ball-winner.
Good at adjusting mid-air to make plays on the ball. Go-get-it type of receiver. Can improve get-off at the snap. Not a dart-and-dodge, make-you-miss receiver. Plays for a talent-laden high school program and sees good competition in practice as well as games.
Overall, a great, high-major talent with a high ceiling and among the top receivers in the country for the 2017 class. -- Gabe Brooks
Below are junior-season highlights of Manning:
Below is Scout's analysis of Manning from The Opening in early July:
Below are 7-on-7 clips of Manning from earlier this summer: