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Late Texas offer didn't hurt the 'Horns with 4-star WR Omar Manning

However, Texas still has some ground to make up with the Lancaster product.

Omar  Manning
Omar Manning
Wescott Eberts (SB Nation)

COPPELL, Texas -- One of the most highly-recruited wide receivers in Texas had a strong showing at the Dallas The Opening Regional camp last week, as Lancaster's Omar Manning was among the standouts at Coppell High School.

While at the event, the consensus four-star prospect spoke with Burnt Orange Nation about his recruitment, which now includes the Texas Longhorns after the new offensive staff extended an offer in early March. At the time, there was some concern that waiting so long might have put the 'Horns behind other schools that offered earlier. Ultimately, that was not the case.

"At first it did, but not really because they got rid of the old staff and as soon as the new staff got put in, I got the offer." Manning said.

The primary point of contact for Manning with Texas has been new wide receivers coach Charlie Williams, who has expressed interest in getting Manning down to Austin to see the campus and meet with the staff. Manning plans on reciprocating by taking that visit at some point during the spring, but he doesn't yet know whether that will be for a spring practice or the Orange-White game on April 16.

One school that will provide major competition for Texas is TCU, long considered a leader for his services and the current frontrunner in his 247Sports Crystal Ball. Manning said that "everything" stands out about the Horned Frogs, noting that he feels like he fits in the offense and would have a chance to contribute early.

Alabama, LSU, and Oregon are in line for upcoming visits from Manning, though the trip to Eugene is tentative at this point.

In terms of a primary factor in his recruitment, Manning is looking for the opportunity to play early and a family environment in which he feels comfortable. He plans on officially releasing a list of top schools at some point in the near future and said that Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon, TCU, and Texas A&M would currently make that list.