August 29, 2010

Manziel excited by surprise A&M offer

Since Kerrville Tivy quarterback Johnny Manziel committed to Oregon in late June, he's been content with the idea of spending his college career in Eugene. That equation may have changed Sunday night after a conversation and scholarship offer from Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman.

"It really took me by surprise; I wasn't expecting it at all," Manziel told "When I committed to Oregon, I knew that there were only two schools that might sway me from my commitment, and those were Texas A&M and Texas. Now that I've got an offer from one of them, I have a lot to think about."

Manziel said A&M quarterbacks coach Tom Rossley had called Tivy coach Mark Smith after the team's 71-3 win over Fredricksburg - in which Manziel had 273 yards passing, 131 yards rushing and accounted for seven touchdowns - to see if Manziel would call him this weekend. After a receiving a Facebook message from Sherman Sunday morning, he called Rossley.

"I called coach Rossley back and he put coach Sherman on and offered," he said. "I was really excited. I told my mom first and she said, 'Oh, wow.' My parents were happy and just as excited as I was."

Manziel intends to go College Station next Saturday to watch the Aggies play Stephen F. Austin and, along with his parents, meet with Rossley and Sherman. The trip to College Station will be far from his first.

"I went to a couple of games last year, Oklahoma State and the big one with Texas," he said. "I just like everything about College Station in general. I played all-star baseball when I was about 12 … and my brother ended up taking us down to College Station a lot."

There are certain memories from those trips that have stuck with the now-6 foot, 1-inch, 193-lb. Manziel.

"I love the Rec Center at A&M. When you're 11, 12 and you're running around the Rec Center and running around Kyle Field, you remember those things," he said. "I used to spend hours messing around with the rock wall at the rec center."

Now that he's nearing the time to start college, A&M and College Station hold a new set of positives.

"I love how the town revolves around that college," he said. "If you graduate from Texas A&M with a degree and stay in Texas, that really means something."

Even though Manziel holds A&M and the coaching staff in high esteem, he remains committed to the Ducks.

"I'm still committed to Oregon; I've got an official visit planned for Nov. 4," he said. "My parents love the (A&M) coaching staff; they love coach Rossley and coach Sherman. It doesn't get any better than that. My mother absolutely loves College Station, but she loves Eugene, Oregon, too."

The sudden offer from the Aggies has given the dual-threat quarterback a lot to think about.

"When I committed to Oregon, I didn't have that really big offer in Texas that I was looking for," he said. "The only knock on Oregon was how far away it was from home. It really wasn't that big a deal, but it's something I might like to reconsider now."

Manziel is a three-star recruit in the class of 2011 and the 25th-ranked dual threat quarterback in the nation by He is also 84th on the 2011 Texas Top 125.

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