"West Virginia has been in contact with me since the beginning of my last school year and they came to one of my games," Corey Manigault said of the beginning of the Mountaineers' association. "They've been trying to get me to come down on a visit, and I am going to go. They are a great school and in a great conference, and I like the way they play."
Headed by assistant coach Larry Harrison, WVU has been turning up the recruiting intensity on Manigault, who wants to get on campus to see everything firsthand. He values that experience to really see the ins and outs of the schools that are pursuing him.
"I want to see how the coaches treat the players, and see if it would be a good place for me," he said of the importance of first hand impressions. The campus and the students are also important."
Manigault, who plays for St. Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Virginia, doesn't favor any sort of campus (e.g, urban or rural) over another. He's in the process now of taking some first visits. Stops have included Maryland, and a scheduled one for North Carolina State. Others showing interst and pushing for visits include Pitt, Wake Forest Virginia and Cincinnati, so by the time his senior year rolls around, he figures to have plenty of schools to choose from.
"I haven't really started to make a list yet, so I'm still pretty open to everyone," the 6-8, 235-pound forward said. "I'm still learning about schools and getting to know them."
A rising junior, Manigault describes himself as "a four that can run the floor". He counts defense as one of his chief likes of the game, and can step out to the mid-range for a shot. Clearly, though, he's a player whose future lies in the lane and at the rim, making him a tempting target for the Mountaineers.
"I think an offer [from West Virginia] is close," he said, which would add to his current tenders from Miami and Rhode Island. "THe coaches just want to see me on campus."