"Shavar has athletic ability," said Darryl Gordon, Blake's coach. "He has the size and determination to be a great one. And Shavar can get after the passer real well."
Manuel is not a one season wonder. He has been a two-year starter at Blake. According to Gordon, Manuel recorded 12.5 sacks as a freshman. He knows he has something special in this 2016 defensive end.
"We have a plan for him," Gordon said. "We talk with him every day and tell him to forget about what he did in the past. He had one great season. But he needs another, then another, then another. Sometimes, when these really good players get recruited it can destroy them because I have seen too many stop working. That's why we talk with him every day.
"I ask him what do you have to do to stay on top today? You have to stay on top and work hard every single day. You have to do more in the weight room. You have to do more in the drills. You have to do better in the classroom."
Here's an interesting twist with Gordon and how he handles the recruiting process with his kids – he doesn't tell them anything at this time about who has offered, etc.
Gordon wants to keep Manuel and some of his other teammates humble and hungry.
"I can tell you that practically every big school is after him," Gordon said. "Some have offered him but I don't tell him. I don't want to destroy him. I have seen kids who get offers from schools like Miami stop playing hard because they believe they are going to get hurt and lose that scholarship. They play diminished. Schools can talk to Shavar and my kids but I don't want to hear about offers and I don't want them to hear it. And I leave it at that."
Gordon did say that most of the SEC and ACC schools have already begun recruiting Manuel. It is believed that Manuel has eight to ten offers.
Click on the link below to see Shavar Manuel's highlights from the 2013 season. It's worth the look of a few minutes. There's no question that this kid in on the path to become one of the very best prospects in the 2016 class.