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Manning eyeing five

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Dallas (Texas) Kimball Rivals100 defensive tackle Justin Manning has been regarded among the top prospects in Texas since his sophomore season.
In May, Manning narrowed his list to TCU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, LSU, USC, Texas, Oklahoma State, and Arkansas. This summer he was able to visit the likes of Oklahoma State, LSU, TCU, and Texas A&M. Now, Manning has made a few more cuts to his list
"It's five," Manning said. "It is Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, LSU, and USC."
Each school in his top five brings something different to the table, but they definitely each bring something that has Manning's attention.
"Oklahoma, I fell in love with Oklahoma in the fifth grade when I went on the visit with my brother (DeMarcus Granger)," Manning said. "So I've been in love with Oklahoma for awhile until I started opening up to other schools and started seeing other schools talking to me.
"Texas A&M was my first offer. I took that into consideration because that was the first school that noticed me. And seeing a lot of players in my class going to A&M opened my eyes to having a powerful defense and a powerful offense and having a good class.
"TCU, it's pretty much the recruiting coach (coach Clay Jennings). He talks to me like his family or like my brother or a father. He's kind of laid back and I just feel comfortable around him.
"For USC, they're the No. 1 school and they're just a powerhouse school.
"LSU, they're the No. 1 school in the SEC to me. I couldn't not put LSU in my top five right now."
Manning currently has official visits scheduled to Oklahoma, Texas A&M, TCU, and LSU, and plans to make a commitment in the not too distant future.
"Probably the homecoming game or sometime after the homecoming game," Manning said.
The standout defensive tackle is not claiming any leaders at this point, claiming all are about equal right now. However, there is one thing he is watching closely as he continues through the recruiting process.
"I know when I eliminated schools it was for a reason, so I have no worries about my top five being good schools or not," Manning said of his final five. "It's just about if I can trust them or not. If I can believe everything they tell me throughout my recruiting process. I feel like if I can't trust you I can't play for you."
Manning is ranked No. 94 in the current Rivals100 and No. 7 nationally among defensive tackles.
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