Outside of some casual conversations with some Badgers assistant coaches, Mansfield (OH) wide receiver Jornell Manns admitted he didn’t know anybody at Wisconsin real in-depth before his visit to campus.
As he wrapped up his visit Tuesday night, Manns says getting to know the people of the Wisconsin program has greatly increased his interest, and he didn’t even get a chance to watch them practice.
“Definitely had a good visit,” Manns told BadgerNation. “Everything was amazing. They really set the bar for me.”
Although he arrived to campus late, Manns had the opportunity to sit down with wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore for a personalized position meeting.
“He showed me the depth of his roster coming in and how he likes to run his meetings,” Mann said. “He showed me how he coaches, as far as how they learn, the way he works with the wide receivers and how they find different ways to teach the players. I’ve never heard of anything like (how he does it). It was cool.”
Getting a tour of the facilities, Manns praised how everything is connected to make things easier on the student-athletes. He also marveled at how the University made the locker rooms, weight rooms and academic centers state-of-the-art for the players.
“Everything there looks like they just put some money into it,” said Manns, who was offered by the Badgers in February. “Everything was pretty impressive and over the top. It was better than anything I’ve seen … It was better than Penn State, and they have heated sidewalks.”
Before leaving campus, Manns sat down for a lengthy meeting with head coach Paul Chryst, who said the three-star receiver was a slot player who could thrive in their offense. Saying his strengths are his double moves, explosive plays after the catch and his return ability, Manns saw a lot of that in UW’s offense.
“He thinks I can come be a playmaker for them, that I can fit into their style of offense and hopefully help them better in a year or so,” Manns said. “He wants me to be there and thinks it’s the right place for me. With the (Wisconsin) guys that I watched, they are shifty. They do jet sweeps to get their slots involved and that’s my style of play. That’s what my high school coaches do with me, so I can relate to that style of play.”
Headed to Minnesota next, Manns said the Gophers, West Virginia and Penn State are the other schools sticking out. Planning to take official visits after his senior season before deciding, Manns lists no leaders as he prepares for his senior season.