HOUSTON — Mannie Netherly has had to re-evaluate his options since de-committing from Texas A&M just more than a month ago.
LSU is one of the schools the 4-star Texas wide receiver is oft-connected to.
After all, the Tigers coaches have maintained a strong relationship with the Crosby (Texas) High School product, hosting him for the spring game in April and checking in on him frequently even when he was committed to an SEC West rival.
The 6-foot-2, 183-pound prospect included LSU in his top six this past weekend along with Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Texas A&M, among others, largely because of his relationship with the school.
“They made me feel like I was at home every time I came up there,” Netherly told SEC Country on Tuesday at LSU’s satellite camp at North Shore High School (Houston).
“When I’m there, I get a feeling that this could be a possible place for me. I have family in Louisiana, close to Baton Rouge, so going up there I get to see family and my family can see me, and I know it’s not going to be a problem so it’s like home.”
When the LSU coaches spotted Netherly at their satellite camp, they immediately met with the highly sought-after wide receiver behind doors.
LSU coach Les Miles, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and Texas area recruiter Bradley Dale Peveto all spoke with Netherly, then wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig spent part of the afternoon chatting him up.
The coaches’ message was on par with the reasons the nation’s No. 29 receiver included the Tigers in his top six.
“They were just seeing how I’ve been,” Netherly explained. “They already know how I feel about them and I know how they feel about me. Now our conversations aren’t even about football. They’ve met like half my family and all of my immediate family, so they ask how grandma is doing, how my sister is doing, and it feels like family.
“It feels good because I have a good relationship with my high school coaches, and I can come to them about anything. That’s how I feel about the LSU coaches now.”
Netherly plans to attend LSU’s next high school prospect camp in July, where he’ll get a chance to compete against some of the nation’s other elite talents expected to be on campus.
That will give the wide receiver another opportunity to take in Baton Rouge, La., before making a decision sometime between September and October.
Keep in mind that the 4-star Texan continues to visit campuses across the SEC and is equally as high on the likes of Alabama, Auburn, A&M, Florida and in-state power Texas. However, LSU’s family feel gives the team a unique edge as he trims down his options.
“All of my top-six schools are good schools, but I can only attend one school,” Netherly explained. “Coming down to it, it will be what school makes me feel like home. It’s about what’s best for me academically, football-wise and going to the NFL.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.