GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While the Florida Gators await the announcements from their top remaining targets on National Signing Day, they’ll also be monitoring some of their verbal commitments.
Three UF pledges are making final decisions Wednesday, and another is mulling over his recruitment (see update Tuesday).
Then there’s Shavar Manuel, who committed to Florida last month over Florida State and LSU. The four-star defensive tackle from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy officially visited FSU this past weekend, which was cause for concern in Gainesville.
But after speaking with Gators defensive tackle coach Chris Rumph, Manuel is leaning toward sticking with UF.
“(The FSU visit) gave me something to think about,” Manuel said. “At this point I’m solid with Florida. I’ve talked to coach Rumph about everything, and we’re good.”
The 6-foot-4, 287-pounder took a trip to UF on Jan. 22 and said he liked hanging out with players and commits. He said the purpose of his Florida State visit, which he scheduled in December, was to finish out his recruiting visits.
“That’s just something I felt like doing, you know,” Manuel said. “I had the chance to go and I really like Tallahassee. The coaches there show me love, too. So I’m glad I went.”
When asked, Manuel said he intends to sign with Florida. The Under Armour All-American plans on putting pen to paper Wednesday afternoon from his home in Tampa, Fla.
Manuel is ranked the No. 9 defensive tackle and 67th overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite.