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Monday, October 8, 2012
DT Manning taking in UT-OU, not LSU

By Damon Sayles

ESPN 150 defensive tackle Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball) is more than just a good football player. He’s also a potential king.

Kimball High School will celebrate homecoming next week, and the 6-foot-2, 275-pound four-star tackle is in the running for the school's homecoming king. Because of that, Manning said he will not be able to make his scheduled official visit to LSU this weekend. Manning, however, does have alternative plans on Saturday, as he said he will attend the annual Red River Rivalry pitting Texas and Oklahoma.

“[The LSU visit] is the same day as our homecoming dance,” Manning said. “The [Texas-OU] game is at 11 [a.m.], and my dance is at 8 [p.m.]. I’ll be able to do both.”

Manning said he will not take in the game for analysis or any other recruiting purpose. Texas did not make his top five -- consisting of Oklahoma, Texas A&M, TCU, LSU and USC -- and he knows plenty about the Sooners and what they have to offer. Manning’s brother is former OU defensive lineman DeMarcus Granger.

“I’m just going to have some fun,” Manning said. “I pretty much know everything I need to know about OU. I just want to have a good time.”

Manning, ranked No. 89 in the ESPN 150, said he is still planning on announcing during Kimball’s Oct. 19 game against Dallas Pinkston. Manning added that his decision might have to be delayed, depending on administrative permission to make the announcement during the game. He said he still needs to speak with his coach and principal for final approval.

Manning is ranked No. 8 among defensive tackles nationally. He is ranked No. 11 among players in Texas.