A day after the TCU Horned Frogs flipped Waxahachie wide receiver Jalen Raegor from the Oklahoma Sooners, the Horned Frogs landed another key target with the pledge of Lancaster wide receiver Omar Manning:
Before the high school football season began, Manning looked close to committing to the Texas Longhorns, but concerns about head coach Charlie Strong’s job security and the recruiting momentum for TCU likely played a role in his decision.
Throughout September, it was head coach Gary Patterson’s program that trended in the 247Sports Crystal Ball for the local product, eventually holding 82 percent of the predictions for Manning at the time of his commitment.
The 6’3, 203-pounder is No. 4 wide receiver in the state of Texas, the No. 151 prospect nationally, the No. 23 wide receiver in the country, and the No. 24 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
With more than 30 offers, Manning was a national prospect with invitations to play at most of the top programs in the country.
Texas currently holds a pledge from Tyler John Tyler wide receiver Damion Miller and has a multitude of options currently on the roster, which blunts the loss, but there’s no question that Manning was a priority for Strong and his staff.
Of the 10 offers currently out at wide receiver, eight of the prospects are already committed, with the only uncommitted recruits not particularly interested in the Longhorns.
As a result, wide receivers coach Charlie Williams will have to continue evaluations at the position or hope that the rest of the season goes well enough that Manning or others would reconsider Texas.