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DT Manning back at familiar place at OU

Though defensive tackle Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball) has visited Oklahoma several times, Saturday's visit to watch the Sooners play Iowa State was a different atmosphere.

Because it was the first time the focus wasn’t on his older brother, former OU defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger.

Manning is expected to be one of the top defensive tackle prospects for the 2013 class.

“It went real good,” Manning said about his unofficial visit. “I went into the locker room and was able to spend some time with the guys and talk about things.”

Manning, 6-foot-2 and 275 pounds, is already rolling in top offers, including Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Arizona, Purdue, UCLA and Oregon State.

The Sooners haven't extended the invitation yet, however, for a long time, Manning said the Sooners have been near the top of his list because of his brother’s connection.

“They’re always going to be one of my favorites because that was the only school I knew about for a long time,” Manning said. “I have a lot of good memories of going there to watch games.”

Manning said he was able to talk to defensive tackle Casey Walker and also spent time talking to defensive line coach Jackie Shipp. The discussion with Shipp had nothing to do with football, though.

“We just talked about grades and how things were going,” Manning said. “I have a good relationship with Coach Shipp, and I like how things are right now.”

Manning said it’s not confirmed, but he’s thinking about taking an unofficial visit to Texas in the next couple of weeks.