LAURINBURG, N.C.- Rivals100 to watch linebacker Terrell Manning of Scotland County High is one of the most highly-recruited prospects in the Tar Heel State for the early part of the Class of 2008 recruiting cycle. Manning holds multiple scholarship offers from programs throughout the Southeast.
Manning currently has offers from Florida, Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, East Carolina and South Carolina.
"I have made unofficial visits to North Carolina and N.C. State and I am going to Clemson this weekend," Manning said.
Alabama was one of the more recent offers for the Rivals.com Junior All-American.
"(Crimson Tide head coach) Nick Saban is a cool cat," Manning said. "He's basically known for their defense. They day they called me I was kind of surprised."
North Carolina, which signed kicker Jay Wooten and quarterback Cameron Sexton out of Scotland in the Classes of 2005 and 07, respectively, has Manning's attention.
"UNC, they have a great program," Manning said. "(New Tar Heels head coach) Butch Davis is getting a lot of recruits from around the area."
North Carolina State's recent coaching change has Manning interested in the Wolfpack.
"Of course, they just had a recent coaching change as well," he said. "They are talking about a 3-4 defense and one of the areas they need help the most is linebacker and that's what I am."
South Carolina signed defensive ends Travian Robertson and Byron McKnight out of Scotland High in the Class of 2007.
"I've been down there a couple of times with Travian," Manning said. "Steve Spurrier is a cool coach. With the way they are recruiting, they could be a big player in the SEC soon."
The defending national champion Florida Gators also have jumped in the mix with Manning early.
"They are the Gators, the No. 1 championship team," Manning said. "If you want to win a championship, that's where you go."
Manning says that there are several things that make him one of the top prospects in North Carolina.
"I am very intense and I get to the ball quick," he said "I played defensive back and special teams during the early part of my career, but I was always an all-around athlete, it was an easy transition once I got the reads and the first step down pat."