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Monday, February 18, 2013
Manus-Schell, Penn State keeping in touch

By Josh Moyer

Felix Manus-Schell may not have earned an invite to Penn State's upcoming junior day -- but he's feeling pretty satisfied after a recent email from defensive coordinator John Butler.

The cornerback out of Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep reached out to Butler and was pleasantly surprised by the coach's email response, about two weeks ago. Butler told Manus-Schell he'd like to see him come up for a spring practice, and he'd also like to see the junior at Penn State's camp on June 2.

The 5-foot-11, 177-pound DB didn't hesitate. He'll be at both.

"I didn't think he'd invite me to that," Manus-Schell said. "I was kind of in shock about that. I was excited. I couldn't believe he invited me down to a practice."

Manus-Schell caught a few eyes in December when he shut down three-star wideout Brian Lemelle (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) in a 38-3 win. He also impressed some of Penn State's staff during the state title game when he grabbed the game-sealing interception -- and helped pace his offense with two catches for 77 yards and score.

Assistant coach Stan Hixon stopped by Cathedral Prep about a month ago, but he hasn't been the only coach to stay in touch. Michigan State has also spoken with the defensive back, and the Spartans would like to see him drive up to East Lansing.

He's also being recruited by Pitt, Purdue and Rutgers. But Manus-Schell made it pretty clear that the Nittany Lions are the front-runner.

"I grew up around the Nittany Lions since I was little, and I went to a lot of their games," he said. "It's just cool to be recruited by them. It's kind of like a dream."