April 12, 2007

Manning looking for action in Clemson

Terrell Manning, arguably the top rising senior prospect in the state of North Carolina, last visited Clemson on March 3. He's planning a return trip this weekend for the Tigers' Spring Game.

"I'm going to be looking for some action on Saturday," Manning told Tigerillustrated.com Thursday evening. "I want to see some hits, man. I basically saw everything about Clemson the last time I was there. This time, I want to see the environment for their Spring Game. I want to see the impact I can make if I go there and observe everything they bring to the table."

Clemson tight ends coach Billy Napier is handling the recruitment of the outside linebacker.

"(Napier) flat-out tells me that they need me there," the 6-foot-3 , 208-pound standout from Laurinburg (NC) Scotland County noted. "He wants me to come there and be a part of it all."

Manning's offer list now reads Clemson, Alabama, Miami, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Georgia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Florida, South Carolina, East Carolina and Tennessee. He recently added tenders from the Hurricanes, Wolverines, Hokies and Bulldogs and shared his thoughts on each.

Miami - "That was a huge offer. They are one of the top-notch schools in all of Division 1 football. That really caught my attention."

Michigan - "I know it's cold up there. They have one of the biggest stadiums in the country and they come to play. I watched them a few times last year."

Virginia Tech - "Defense and they have that tradition where everyone in the crowd shakes their keys. I don't know what that's all about."

Georgia - "I watched them against Virginia Tech (in the Peach Bowl) and it wasn't pretty for Virginia Tech. They are a traditional football school and are known for their football down there."

How about the instate schools?

"Wake Forest wants me to take a visit and I might try to get to North Carolina State on Friday or Sunday this weekend," he entailed. "They want me to come up for a practice as soon as I can."

The Rivals100 member will unofficially visit Blacksburg for Virginia Tech's Spring Game on April 21. He's hoping to visit Alabama, Florida and Miami this summer.

"I'm planning on taking my official visits sometime in the summer and making a decision before my senior year of football," Manning pointed out. "I'm just working on my grades right now so I can graduate and enroll in college early. I'm looking at everyone right now and it's all even for me."

The big-time linebacker participated in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas on March 24th despite an ankle/foot injury, though he noted that it has fully healed since.

"It's fine now and I'm maxing it out and it's back to 100-percent," the defender detailed.

As a junior, he racked up 130 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

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