Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.
This week's subject is Felix Manus-Schell, a 2014 cornerback out of Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep who counts Penn State as his top school. Manus-Schell shut down three-star wideout Brian Lemelle in the semifinals and grabbed the game-sealing interception in the state title game.
NittanyNation: Why is Penn State your favorite school?
Felix Manus-Schell: It's just growing up as a Penn State fan and being around the campus. And I'm used to all the team games -- basketball, football, volleyball -- and it's just a great atmosphere there. I don't get up there as much anymore because football takes up a lot of my time, but I'm comfortable there.
NN: Several PSU coaches were watching your championship game. What do you hope you showed them there, and what kind of coverage do you prefer?
FMS: I hope I showed them that I'm one of the best corners they saw. I hope they talk to me more after that performance.
Man coverage is my favorite, but I'm perfectly fine with zone and playing Cover-3 or Cover-2. I like zone because I'm not worried about anything else except the wide receiver I'm guarding -- and I'm on an island out there.
NN: Do you follow any specific Penn State players?
FMS: I follow some players, definitely. Adrian Amos, he's one of my favorite college corners, and Gerald Hodges, too. I'm pretty sure Amos played as a true freshman, and that's obviously big. It'd be awesome to play as a freshman at Penn State, running through that tunnel with 110,000 people. And he's a hitter, too.
Hodges, I think he's a smart football player definitely on the field. I don't know why I specifically watch him; he catches my eye all the time. He's fast. He's one of my favorites.
NN: So how surprised were you by Penn State's season? Is that something you saw coming?
FMS: It was great. Honestly, I thought it was going to be worse because of the sanctions, but the coaches there are so good. The defense stepped up more this year and, having those sanctions around Penn State, I don't think I was expecting an 8-4 season -- so it's good to have something better than expected.
I think people are looking at Penn State more now because of that.
NN: What are your goals for the offseason, and what are you up to nowadays?
FMS: I'm relaxing now, but I'll get more into that stuff. I still hit the weight room and everything. But, yeah, I want to get my 40 down and just get bigger, maybe 190ish. I think that'd be a good weight for colleges, obviously.
But I want to work on my speed, definitely. That's my No. 1 thing right now, working on that. My strength, though, I feel like I'm one of the best lock-down corners around here.