September 19, 2010
Manziel nearing a final decision
During the fourth quarter of Texas A&M's comeback win against Florida International, most recruits in Section 104 stopped moving around and conversing, giving the game their undivided attention. Nobody was watching more intently than Kerrville Tivy quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was leaning on the sideline wall, intently watching every aspect of the game.
"This was actually the game I enjoyed the most of the three I've been to," he said. "It might not have gone the way we would have wanted to against a team that's not as well known, but the way crowd was involved and the way they came back was great. When you've got recruits getting into the game, you know you've got something good."
The good visit continued Sunday morning, when Manziel and his parents met with A&M coach Mike Sherman in his office.
"We got to talk to him for about two hours and this time, we got to talk about football," he said. "When you get to sit in his office and talk to him, you get to see what kind of man he is. My parents love coach Sherman."
Manziel liked what he heard during the conversation as well.
"He told me how he graded me as a quarterback and that's something I was really interested in, considering the quarterbacks he's been associated with," he said. "He explained his plans for me and how I'd be used in Texas A&M's system."
The plans are similar for one of A&M's best-known current players.
"Next year, everyone's expecting Ryan Tannehill (to be the quarterback). Coach Sherman told me the situation after that with (Matt) Joeckel and (Jameill) Showers," Manziel said. "With my athleticism, I hate to compare myself to him because of everything he's done, but but I might be used like Tannehill is now, coming in at receiver on second and third downs. It would give me a lot of experience and let me help the team win, so I liked that."
Even though Manziel stressed he hadn't made a final decision on whether or not to switch his commitment, he said there were a lot of factors in A&M's favor.
"For me, it's my faith, my family, my friends and then football. I have a lot of friends that are graduating this year that are going to A&M; my parents have invested a lot of money in making me the player that I am, and I want them to have the opportunity to see me play," he said. "I've met a lot of people at A&M and they're almost all flawless. I've grown up a die-hard Texas fan bleeding orange and white, but I've gotten to see another side of Texas A&M now."
He's also developed a bond with some of the players on the 2010 squad.
"I talk to Sean Porter about once a week and everytime I change my Facebook status, he'll like it," Manziel said. "For someone who I played against and respect as a great athlete, that means a lot. I also talk to Nate (Askew) a lot too."
Manziel said it was likely his final decision would come sometime this week.
"I need to talk to the coaches at Oregon and tell them about the great thing I've got at Texas A&M," he said. "I need to make sure that I want to close that door, because one way or the other, when this is done, it's done."
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