It may be early for fans to start thinking about the 2020 recruiting cycle, but football coaches have to think and recruit many years in advance. And Tennessee’s coaching staff’s diligence is already starting to pay off.
The Vols landed a commitment from rising sophomore receiver Leonard Manuel on Sunday afternoon. Manuel took to Twitter to announce his commitment.
Respect My Decision, No Interviews @Kevin_Beard9 @UTCoachLScott @ChadSimmons_ @RyanBartow @Corey_Bender @screamtaaye pic.twitter.com/M38grJZ8D6
— Leonard Manuel ||| (@Begreatliltone2) June 4, 2017
Manuel is part of the 2020 class and gives the Vols their first commitment in that cycle. While it’s still too early for Manuel to be given a star rating by recruiting services, the Ocala, Florida receiver’s offer list shows just how much he’s coveted by colleges. Manuel already holds offers from Florida State, Miami, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, USC, Michigan, North Carolina, and others. And he has chosen the Vols over all those schools for now.
As a freshman, Manuel hauled in 16 catches for 305 yards and four touchdowns according to Max Preps. Manuel is already 6-foot-4 as a rising sophomore, and his film shows impressive athleticism and awareness for a freshman.
It’s too early to know what the Vols will need in the 2020 recruiting class. But an SEC team can never have too many talented receivers, and Tennessee may have just landed one of the top receivers in that class.
Bah humbug. Commitments really mean nothing until there is a signature on the bottom line.