The UIL state track meet is always a big event in Austin every year and the Texas Longhorns tend to take advantage by using the opportunity to get the fastest (or strongest, as in the case of the field events) over to the football offices for some face time with the staff. On Thursday, the big visitor was former Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver commit Mannie Netherly:
#LetsRide #HookEm pic.twitter.com/qxeBmmrD3G— Mannie Netherly (@yovng_netherly) May 12, 2016
The Crosby wide receiver who spends time at quarterback for his high school decommitted from the Aggies last Wednesday in the wake of No. 1 dual-threat quarterback Tate Martell's own high-profile decommitment that sparked wide receiver coach Aaron Moorehead's infamous subtweeting about Martell that wasn't about the quarterback until it was.
Understandably, Netherly didn't care for Moorehead turning on Martell so quickly and ended his commitment to Texas A&M with his own quickness:
‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/2g0ee2pRkA— Mannie Netherly (@yovng_netherly) May 5, 2016
The 6'2, 183-pounder had committed to A&M just before Thanksgiving last year, but was still relatively open to the recruiting process, taking visits to Alabama, LSU, and Texas despite his pledge. While at the Junior Day in Austin in late February, Netherly picked up an offer from the 'Horns.
Now quarterback commit Sam Ehlinger is busy putting in some work to help recruit the nation's No. 27 wide receiver:
Get use to winning things in Austin, good luck bro. https://t.co/CqMMb7TeZU— Sam Ehlinger (@sehlinger3) May 12, 2016
The visit was an important one for Texas, as there's currently plenty of momentum for LSU right now -- nine 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction came in for the Tigers in the immediate aftermath of Netherly's decision, in large part because LSU is apparently offering Netherly the chance to play quarterback. As great as that may sound to Netherly now, he should probably ask Russell Shepard how that worked for him in Baton Rouge.
In any case, Netherly is one of a number of wide receivers target by the Longhorns to add to a class that already features a Tyler John Tyler product Damion Miller, leaving plenty of moving pieces at the position.