HOMERVILLE, Ga. — Chauncey Manac fits the definition of a hidden gem hiding down deep in South Georgia.
And then some. Clearly.
The 4-star outside linebacker prospect out of Clinch County is rated as the No. 7 weak-side defensive end prospect in the Class of 2016. He’s regarded as the nation’s No. 87 prospect in his signing class.
He’s 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs in at 250 pounds. He’s able to bench press about 360 pounds and has a man-sized power clean of 365 pounds.
That strength metric is very impressive. He checks off everything a recruiter wants to see there. But it might not be his biggest strength. The big man can put his foot in the ground and go
Check out his video interview above with the AJC’s DawgNation.com. Be sure to listen to what he says, but also watch what he does in the clips within the interview.
He’s matched against a very talented point guard who’s at least 4-5 inches shorter and maybe 80 pounds lighter than him in agility drills. Manac either wins every drill or finishes in a dead heat with his talented schoolmate in each rep.
That’s the sort of athleticism which should serve him well at the next level.
He told DawgNation.com last week he would still take a few official visits, but he’s so sold on UGA that he NEVER takes off the red UGA bracelet on his left wrist.
Manac committed on Sept. 27 of his junior season and has never wavered. He also said his recruiter Kevin Sherrer is “basically his daddy” because the two are so close and talk almost every day.
He also likes UGA’s chances this season.
“I think it is a national championship-caliber team pretty much,” Manac said.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.