The recruiting process has been busy for Dallas Kimball defensive tackle Justin Manning this fall. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound four-star prospect has taken three official visits (to Oklahoma, TCU and Texas A&M) and still plans to visit LSU. The ESPN 150 member originally set an Oct. 19 date for his decision but said earlier this week that he is pushing it back as he continues to think about his college future.
GigEmNation caught up with Manning, one of Texas A&M's top remaining targets in the 2013 class. Manning has a top five that includes LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M and USC. He plans to attend Texas A&M's game against LSU on Saturday.
Sam Khan Jr.: How much stress or pressure have you felt in trying to make a decision?
Justin Manning: "Most of the pressure is coming from 'What if?' What if this is the wrong decision? Only if I knew what could happen if I went to each school and I could live four years out at each school, then it would be perfect. But I can't, so I just have to go with what I know."
SK: How difficult is it to deal with that reality?
JM: "Very tough. I don't want to listen to other people. If I make the wrong decision, I want it to be my fault, not because I listened to somebody else. I'm just going to go with my own mind.
SK: With several quality programs to choose from in your top five, what makes you feel like there could be a wrong decision?
JM: When I say 'wrong decision,' what if the things they're telling me now aren't true? How much are the coaches going to change once I do enroll? I know it's not going to stay like this. I know it's going to change. Once I do enroll, how much are they going to change?
SK: So do you feel like you're having a hard time figuring out who is being honest with you and who isn't?
SK: You canceled your plans to visit to LSU in order to attend your homecoming. Do you know when you might visit LSU?
JM: I think for the LSU-Alabama game.
SK: How was homecoming?
JM: Real good. I won homecoming king. It was just a good feeling.
SK: USC is in your top five. Do you still plan to visit there?
JM: Probably not. I just probably won't get to it. I feel like it's one less thing to worry about. It's most likely an extra school that I'd have to visit.
SK: So are the Trojans still in the hunt?
JM: They are. But I don't want to make it any more difficult than it already is.
SK: You recently visited TCU. How was that visit?
JM: Real good, besides the loss. They played good without their starting quarterback. If only they had him, maybe they would have done better.
SK: I know it's close to where you are. Anything that you gained or learned from that visit that maybe you didn't know about TCU previously?
JM: I already knew everything I needed to know. Nothing surprised me.
SK: Are you planning on heading to the Texas A&M-LSU game on Saturday?
JM: Yeah, most likely I should be going.
SK: What do you think of that game?
JM: I don't know. I think it's going to be a close game.
SK: What have you learned in the recruiting process?
JM: I've had the chance to get a lot of experience. I could give advice to people who are going through it next in the next class. There just gets to be so much stuff in your head. You have to find the best way to stay down to earth and just not think about it too much.
SK: Once you visit LSU, what do you think your timetable will be on making a decision?
JM: I don't even have a plan. I'm just going to be day-by-day.