Bradenton, Fla. — Shavar Manuel, a 4-star defensive tackle, announced a new top three Wednesday.
Back in July, the top-100 prospect from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy was favoring three SEC schools and called himself an “SEC guy.”
One of those schools no longer has a shot, and Manuel has three finalists he’ll decide from.
“Florida State, the Gators and LSU, no leader,” Manuel told SEC Country.
Auburn was the third SEC school previously had in the mix, but the loss of Will Muschamp and the Tigers’ subpar season allowed FSU to move up.
Manuel official visited LSU on Oct. 17, and he’ll take trips to Florida and Florida State in January.
The 6-foot-4, 287-pounder described what he liked about each school.
Florida: “I could come and be a key factor in the defense with Jon Bullard leaving. I’m excited if I do make my decision to be a Gator.”
Florida State: “That’s a school I can call home. Coach (Lawrence) Dawsey and coach (Brad) Lawing, we have a great relationship. It’s a tremendous place to be.”
LSU: “Coach O (Ed Orgeron) and coach (Les) Miles are great people, guys I could see myself playing for. I was glad to see coach Miles stay at LSU.”
Will Manuel be a signing day decision?
“You got to stay tuned for that,” Manuel said smiling. “I can’t tell you.”