Ben Cleveland and Jacob Eason are the only two commitments in UGA’s 2016 class who have been committed longer than Chauncey Manac from Clinch County High School. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder committed to UGA back in September of 2014.
The senior was planning to take his official visit to UGA for the Missouri game, but was not able to make it. Although Manac didn’t give a detailed reason for the change of plans, he said there’s no need for anyone to be alarmed.
“Planning a better weekend,” he told DawgNation.
Manac said he will “probably” take his official visit in December for the awards banquet. That’s when other UGA commits like Cleveland and Eason have scheduled their visits.
Manac told DawgNation last month he would probably take official visits to Kentucky, South Carolina and maybe Florida. Manac said those were the schools that kept recruiting him and maintained a relationship even after he committed to UGA.
The 4-star defensive end said he has not set up any of those visits yet either.
Manac has come on strong of late during his senior year. He projects to play defensive end and linebacker at UGA, in the role Jordan Jenkins occupies in the current scheme. He’s been shifted to middle linebacker for his senior year at Clinch County so teams cannot run away from him.
He leads the team with 56 tackles, eight sacks and three fumble recoveries in seven games. He returned one of those fumbles for a touchdown and also caught a touchdown pass at tight end. He’s rated as the nation’s No. 7 weak-side defensive end in the 2016 class.
Manac also wears a red UGA bracelet his wrist. It is the same one that UGA handed out to attendees at their summer camps and Dawg Night in July. He told DawgNation there would be consequences if anyone tried to rip it off during a game. He even tapes over it for games.
He’s also never wavered in his UGA commitment and has brought up that his lead recruiter Kevin Sherrer is basically like a father figure to him. Manac even made sure to reach out to Sherer when the UGA assistant’s family suffered a recent tragedy earlier this season.
Check out Manac’s impressive athleticism in the DawgNation video below. He’s working in speed drills alongside the starting point guard on the Clinch County basketball team in a majority of the clips.
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.