Football Recruiting

One to watch: Omar Manning

Jay Norvell. (Will Gallagher/IT)
Jay Norvell. (Will Gallagher/IT)

From the Inside Scoop on 7/31/15:

It seems every year a junior wide receiver comes out of nowhere to become a household name. A few years back Damarkus Lodge was unknown. I was told he’s going to be the best wide receiver to walk Cedar Hill’s halls and lo and behold? Heading into last year I heard similar about West Mesquite’s Dee Anderson (now of Desoto) who was offered by LSU at camp before ever making a real impact on varsity.

This year that player is Lancaster’s Omar Manning. Manning missed much of his sophomore year after injuring his hamstring in the season opener versus Mesquite Poteet.

Despite missing so much time schools started to take notice of him during the spring. Florida attended his spring game to see Manning as well as some teammates. He recently attended Baylor and TCU camps and the competing Big 12 powers said the same thing, “we like you a lot, we just want to see some game film and we’ll make an early season game.”

Texas is also in the mix. They wanted Manning to attend Under the Lights but he was out of town with family.

When a player has this much interest but little game film it tells you one thing; he has some traits that will obviously translate. According to Manning, those traits are size (6-foot-3, 200 entering his junior year), ability to track the ball, hands, physicality as a blocker, and his after the catch ability. While that sounds like a complete receiver, Manning has a nuanced understanding of how he can improve, namely, sinking his hips and getting quicker in and out of his routes as well as finishing his routes at the top of his stem.

His football maturity along with Lancaster getting ready to spread things out makes him a virtual lock for a huge season.

Schools he’s interested in, include, Texas (he emphasized he wanted to camp in Austin), A&M, Oklahoma, Tennessee, LSU, Oklahoma State, and the aforementioned Baylor and TCU.

Lancaster is Jay Norvell country. I’ll be interested to see how quickly Texas moves on this recruitment with wide receiver currently being a recruiting strength.