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DE prospect flying low under radar

Those in the recruiting game overlook one state more than others, and that state is Louisiana. Just look at Jennings, standout defensive end Alonzo Manual for example.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound strongside defensive end is one of the Southeast’s best, but for some reason Rivals100 and many other college coaches haven’t discovered how talented he really is.
That’s about to change.
“I’ve got some good offers,” Manual said. “But I thought I would have more. My coach thinks I should, too.”
But the offers he does have are pretty impressive. He has been offered by Auburn, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Southern Miss and SMU. LSU is now moving into the picture and Manual said he’s going to give the Tigers a fair shot – but not until he returns from his official visit to Kentucky this weekend.
“I’ve heard good things about what it’s like there,” Manual said. “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a place where I could go contribute early if I wanted to, and that’s something that I’m thinking about doing.”
Manuel visited LSU unofficially on Saturday for the Florida game. It was his first game ever in Baton Rouge.
“It was cool, “ Manuel said. “The fans were loud.”
Manuel is a full qualifier with a 17 on the ACT and a 3.2 grade-point-average. He said he would like to major in engineering.
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