Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard 2020 five-star wide receiver Leonard Manuel is one the most highly coveted prospects in the next recruiting cycle. For the fifth game this season, Manuel was in The Swamp to watch a Florida football game.
Manuel discussed his reasoning for coming back time and again.
“Well, I got here pretty late, like two minutes into the game and I think it was already 28-0. But, coming up here and just being around the coaching staff and the guys,” explained Manuel. “You know, just building relationships because obviously they’re in my top three. I'm just paying attention to everything very well.”
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect already has 37 offers from around the country and mentioned on Saturday why the Gators are among the top teams of his choice.
“Just the coaches, the players and the environment. I feel like I could stay here and live here and play and do everything to be great.”
The Gators have a great opportunity to pitch the proximity to home message to Manuel, as he lives just under an hour from the Florida campus. That’s not the only message Florida is pitching to the five-star receiver. Manuel discusses the staff's message to him.
“I talked to coach Billy [Gonzalez] and coach Dan [Mullen] and their message is basically just finish school. Finish out strong and being leader.”
Florida’s offense has shown strides in year one under Dan Mullen. The spread uses a variety of different playmakers in the offense and Manuel can see himself fitting in this scheme. Manuel discusses what he likes about the offense as well.
“Oh yeah, I can fit. Most important aspect is blocking and being able to go and get the football. I like Emory Jones. Quarterback. I like the quarterback. I like how he can get out of the pocket and he can throw it. It makes the defense think.”
Florida isn’t the only powerhouse making Manuel a priority. The five-star receiver is heavily looking into Penn State and Georgia as well.
After having already decommitted twice, the Vanguard High School prospect said he will hold out until Signing Day until he makes his next, final, decision.
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