Top receiver on FSU board decommits from Miami

Leonard Manuel/Twitter

Over the course of just 6 days following FSU’s annual Garnet and Gold Game, Head Coach Willie Taggart and his staff found themselves in possession of the #2 recruiting class in the country for the 2019 recruiting cycle. The ‘Noles are starting to emerge as the hottest topic of trends as a plethora of recruits are buzzing all over social media following the movement being set forth by last weekends spring game.

Aside from Florida State’s recent success on the recruiting trail, things have been rather contrary to that for the in-state rival Miami Hurricanes. In less than a months time the Hurricanes have lost a total 4 pledges to their 2019 and 2020 classes. Which resulted in the ‘Canes falling 6 spots behind the #2 Seminoles per 247’s 2019 Football Recruiting Composite Team Rankings, yet they’re still managing to hold the #1 spot for the class of 2020.

One of the four decommits for Miami came from 2020 five-star wide receiver Leonard Manuel. Manuel, a 6-foot-4 205-pound wide receiver out of Vanguard High School announced his decision via Twitter early Tuesday morning; making it his 2nd decommit of the cycle.

Now you may be thinking what does this have to do with FSU. The Ocala, FL native has been a highly touted recruit out of South Florida since first emerging onto the scene after recording 678 yards and 9 touchdowns on 40 receptions his sophomore year at Vanguard High. Which ultimately lead to him being heavily recruited by former Seminole Co-OC Randy Sanders, and has also found himself as the top receiver on the current staff’s 2020 recruiting board.

Sources closely linked to Manuel have stated that the rising senior shows interest in Florida State following an unofficial visit to Tallahassee that took place on March 10 of this year. Although landing the 5 star won’t come easily, Kirby Smart and the Georiga Bulldogs seem to be in the driver seat for Manuel as he recently took a visit to Athens a week prior to his decommitment from Miami. However, no word has been made to if the Vanguard High standout will be in attendance this Saturday for UGA’s annual G-Day Spring Game.

Besides UGA, Manuel has garnered interest from Texas A&M, as ex-Head Coach Jimbo Fisher recently offered the wideout two days ago. Aside from the offer by A&M, UGA, USC, and FSU seem to be the top three schools battling it out for the 5-star wideout. While a time frame hasn’t been set in stone for when the generational talent will make his next commitment, look for head coach Willie Taggart and receiver’s coach David Kelly to stay in frequent touch with Manuel and act as a burden to an almost surreal pledge to the ‘Dawgs this early in the process.

Landing the blue-chip prospect would give the ‘Noles their 3rd commitment in the 2020 class following Keshawn Green’s pledge earlier this week, and add to Taggart’s goal of locking down the state of Florida.

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