For any college student, moving to campus as a freshman can be a stressful process.
Apparently, 4-star wide receivers are no exception.
Mannie Netherly, an LSU signee that was supposed to begin classes on Wednesday, will instead move from Crosby, Texas to Baton Rouge on Thursday and take his first set of classes on Friday, his father told SEC Country.
Netherly, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver, had to first get cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse after certain classes showed up incorrectly on his transcript. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise since Netherly was the first early graduate of Crosby High School.
“The problem was with his school transcript,” Mannie’s father, Dwight, told SEC Country Wednesday night.
“His school had never had an early graduate. We’re a small country town and they messed up the transcript. Certain classes, like psychology, were listed as electives. Core classes like math were on their wrong, and some silly stuff like that. Anybody else who was graduating and going to college wouldn’t have had that issue.”
“The Clearinghouse looked over everything and everything was good,” a proud father exclaimed.
The Netherly Family will move to Baton Rouge on Thursday morning.
Mannie spent Wednesday night saying his goodbyes to his best friends while the university welcomed five of his fellow early enrollees to campus. That includes quarterback Lowell Narcisse, offensive tackle Austin Deculus, defensive lineman Justin Thomas and safeties JaCoby Stevens and Grant Delpit.
Although he had an extra day with friends and family, the highly touted wide receiver is anxious to finally arrive at LSU.
“He took some online classes to satisfy Crosby’s graduation plans,” Dwight Netherly explained. “There was a bunch of back and forth, but we finally had everything cleared today and we’ll have him on campus tomorrow. Once we answered their (the NCAA’s) questions, they said: ‘OK, now we understand.’
“You don’t know the pressure he has been under. He did everything he was supposed to. He’s 18, so I can understand the frustration. His mother and I were stressed, but it’s over with and he’s ecstatic.”
From LSU’s vantage point, wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig and assistant athletic director Sam Nader also lent a helping hand.
The two assistants on Ed Orgeron’s staff not only made sure everything checked out accordingly with the NCAA, but provided some moral support to Netherly and his family throughout a stressful week.
“Coach Craig and Dr. Nader made sure everything at LSU was good. They did just about everything to make sure this happened,” Dwight Netherly said. “They have their rules that they have to go by and that we have to go by, too.”
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