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DawgFamily? Nation’s No. 7 CB Dontae Manning details his long-time interest in UGA
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DawgFamily? Nation’s No. 7 CB Dontae Manning details his long-time interest in UGA

DawgFamily? Nation’s No. 7 CB Dontae Manning details his long-time interest in UGA

DawgFamily? Nation’s No. 7 CB Dontae Manning details his long-time interest in UGA

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This offering is a chance to get to know senior CB target, Dontae Manning. There's a lot to this young man aside from an abiding interest in playing for UGA.

Dontae Manning has made a lot of "OMG" plays for his Raytown High (Kansas City, Mo.) football team. He plans to take an "OV" to UGA in December. Georgia coach Kirby Smart has even compared him to a current NFL star.

OMG. OV. UGA. NFL.

There's an even better set of initials out there that shows what the nation's No. 7 cornerback prospect (247Sports Composite) might mean to even the nation's most elite programs.

LLB.

Long. Live. Brent.

That "LLB" has meant something to Manning and his Raytown Bluejay community. It still means a lot.

Brent Kuhnhenn passed this month after a long fight with cancer. He was the father-in-law of the head coach at Raytown. His trial with his illness sparked a "BrentStrong" movement within that community. Kuhnhenn's fight led to more than earrings with a logo for his cancer fight. It sparked hashtags, helmet stickers and even widespread T-shirt sales around Raytown.

It also inspired an Under Armour All-American with blistering speed and playmaking ability.

It still does.

"I mean everybody knows somebody who has lost somebody to a battle with cancer," Manning said. "Or they know that cancer patient personally. It really affected me here because I also had family members that I lost because of cancer. Just being around Brent while he was alive and walking on the Earth affected me. He was just so motivated it motivated me."

"He was still coming to games. Still living his life. Losing him was a big piece of me. It was a big piece of why I played football and why I still play football."

During the waning weeks of his life, Kunhhenn was a fixture at Bluejay events. That wasn't much different than a lot of his time around the school, but it was different.

It led to moments where strong young men fed off the example he was setting. Even in declining health.

"I've got two memories," Manning said. "There was one where I scored my second touchdown or something like that and he was just right there and he gave me the biggest high-five and hug. Or there was a picture when I was walking to hug him and he was like I love you' and that was one of my favorite memories of him."

That moment was about a month beforeKuhnhenn passed away. He will cherish it. Always.

There's a sincerity to Manning that is uncommon compared to a lot of the prospects on the recruiting trail. His July de-commitment tweet from Oklahoma is a clear expression of that.

We've been discussing Manning for a few weeks on the DawgNation message board forum and our live weekly "Before the Hedges" show on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The young man he aims to be is on vivid display in the above examples. But he can really play, too.

Dontae Manning: The quick-hit things to know

Manning is going to go to Georgia. At least in December for an official visit.

That's been the case for over a month. He already has strong lines of communication with current members of the team.

Let's quickly rep out a lot of quick info bursts about Manning:

  • Very good size for the cornerback spot: 6 feet and 193 pounds.
  • Plays all over the field for his HS: Offense. Defense. Special teams. Stands out as an elite prospect in all phases.
  • State champion level track speed with strong times (10.67) in the 100 and 200 (21.96) meters during his junior season. Has also cleared 22 feet in the long jump. Manning is a 4-time All-State selection in track.
  • Still considers Oklahoma as a major contender for his decision
  • Has taken officials to Oklahoma and Texas A&M already. Recently nailed down Arizona State, Oregon and UGA as his final officials.
  • He can enroll early, but will not. He still wants to still have his senior year in track.
  • As of now, he plans to make a silent commitment sometime prior to the early signing period. He will sign with his future school during that stretch but keep that on the hush until he shares his decision at the Under Armour All-American Game. He will then have a signing ceremony at Raytown in February.
  • Plans a major which will either bring it all back to sports (Sports Marketing, Communications) or a business management degree pursuit with a minor in graphic design.
  • What position does he aim to play? "Anywhere the coaches put me I feel like that will be in my best interests to play and do my best. That's where the team will need me the most."
  • He expanded on that thought. "Where ever they put me, I am going to ball out. Whether it is at safety. Whether it is at cornerback. Even if it is in a Wildcat' package, then I know that I will be successful."
  • Said he's been hand-timed at 10.4 seconds in the 100 meters. That's a goal for his laser time during state track season in the spring.
  • His pure 247Sports rating has him even higher. Manning is rated as the nation's No. 3 cornerback prospect and No. 29 player overall. He is the No. 1 prospect from the state of Missouri.

Check out his junior film. It won't take too long to figure out why Manning said Kirby Smart compared him to NFL Pro Bowler Jalen Ramsey.

Dontae Manning: Where UGA sits and Oklahoma looms

Manning detailed why he reversed his commitment to Oklahoma over the summer.

"Many people thought I de-committed because I hated OU or I felt differently about them," he said. "Really I felt like I needed to start over because I didn't do my recruitment right. I didn't really take the time out to look at depth charts and everything like that."

"OU remains really like my number one choice right now or right at the top of my decision. But that's why I de-committed."

That said, he feels Oklahoma still recruits him as hard as any other school.

"I would say out of all the schools it is still Oklahoma," he said. "They treat me like I am their son. I get texts from coaches from Oklahoma every day."

The Bulldogs were among the top three schools hitting him up at this time.

Georgia was already recruiting him at the time he de-committed. The Bulldogs have been recruiting him since his sophomore year. That's when the staff saw him at a team camp he attended with a teammate.

"It really started like my sophomore year," he said.

Why is Georgia now a finalist?

"Just Georgia being an SEC school and the chance of winning a national championship," he said. "Then them just spitting out DBs into the league, too. I have a good relationship with the head coach and even the position coaches which just got there."

"I really have a good relationship with the program."

He said that he speaks with Smart on the phone almost every week.

"With coach Smart, when we get on the phone he really doesn't talk about the football aspect," he said. "More of who I reminded him of. As far as Jalen Ramsey. He went on to talk about track speed and how I am lengthy and how I can be used basically anywhere on the field."

Where did that "Dawg family" come from on that above tweet?

"That's because I really know the program," he said. "I reached out to a couple of players at Georgia. Just having conversations about the program and everything like that. That feels like family. That's why I used that term. Then they treat me like family, too. We text like family. It is just like that."

When those talks happen, those Georgia defensive backs shoot him straight. No chaser. Those details include the plan for how UGA spits its DBs into the NFL.

When he visits UGA in December, he will want to see:

  • How the position meetings go
  • How the players interact with one another and the staff
  • Getting the real 1-on-1 about the program from the current Bulldogs

How hard will his decision be?

"I think it is hard because it has to do with my whole entire life," he said. "But at the end of the day, I feel like I am going to know. I will. Because that will be the place that feels like home."

Manning doesn't know his choice right now. He feels he has more research to do.

"I'm looking for an overall family," he said. "Someplace where I fall in love with the campus. When my parents see it, too. They just fall in love with it. A place they would approve of minus all of the football aspects."

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DawgFamily? Nation’s No. 7 CB Dontae Manning details his long-time interest in UGA

What motivates Dontae Manning

The SEC grind is grueling. It almost becomes too taxing for a player to truly excel when they don't have a "why" that fills their life with a burning desire to be great.

Manning also a purposeful horizon there.

"Where I'm from as far as Kansas City, not a lot of people I would say make it out' or have a positive outlet to display their talents," Manning said. "I would say that motivates me. But I also do it for the people that I have lost and the people who can't play football. That's maybe due to an injury or the people who wish they could but maybe are not just cut out for it. I just play for family and what I could potentially be in this game."

His teammates call him "Crazy 8" and "Speed" or "Tae" and "Locksmith 8" at times. That last one deserves further review from the cool nickname department.

"It is a lockdown thing," Manning said. "Then only I've got the keys. If you are open, then it means I only want you to be open for a period of time."

That's proof positive he's a cornerback at heart. It sounds like something Deion Sanders might say. To open the window in coverage just long enough to lay the bait. To get a quarterback to risk a downfield throw.

"Yes, sir," Manning said. "That's it."

Manning's film does not equate to a china shop cornerback. Or a 7-on-7 hero. His favorite play on his highlight tape has nothing to do with offense or defense.

He flashes brightly on special teams.

"It was on kickoff running down the field, getting by a blocker and then picking up the ball carrier and then slamming them on the ground," he told DawgNation.

There's something bigger here for him with the game than his highlight-reel touchdowns.

"I think the big thing for me now is seeing my teammates succeed," he said. "I'm one of the chilliest or funniest 18-year-olds you will ever meet. I am always on my friends to excel. My friends know me for trying to put them on to another college coach to get their name out there. Just even those simple retweets every day. I want my circle to succeed more than anything. I love it when people succeed around me. Especially the younger guys and the young kids. If you see me around kids, then that's when you will see the real me."

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  • A 63-year-old man accused of shooting and killing two teens on his West Dayton property was indicted Thursday on charges of murder and felonious assault, which comes after months of public outcry over a lack of an arrest and criminal prosecution in the killings. >> Read more trending news  Victor Santana, who owned the home at 848 Conner St., has been indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury for fatally shooting 17-year-old Dayton residents Devin Henderson and Javier Harrison. “The evidence in this case does not demonstrate a reasonable claim of self-defense,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said. Santana is in the Montgomery County Jail following his arrest on a warrant Thursday. Santana faces four counts of murder, five counts of felonious assault and one count of attempt to commit murder. Henderson, 17, of Dayton, died after being shot twice in the back in a garage at 848 Conners St., according to crime scene and autopsy photos and Montgomery County Coroner’s Office records. Harrison, also 17, was struck by gunfire in his back, arm and thigh, the records show. Prosecutors announced they will seek a high bond for Santana from the judge, because Santana has multiple residences in the U.S., including in New Mexico and California. In September, Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Greg Flannagan said Dayton Police Department investigators met with a panel of assistant prosecuting attorneys and reviewed the evidence in the case. “It was agreed by everyone that additional investigation needs to be completed before a formal filing of charges,” Flannagan said at the time. “The investigators will notify us when the investigation is complete in order to set a date to present the filing.” Linda Henderson, Devin Henderson’s mother, said it was heartbreaking to learn her son and his friend were shot in the back. “That’s bad news for any parent to hear,” she said. “To me, it seems like they were just trying to get away.” Dayton police Chief Richard Biehl on multiple occasions has said a new state law shifts the burden of proof in self-defense cases from the defendant to the prosecutors, which could affect this case. “The burden is on the state to prove this was not self-defense — it’s a high standard,” Biehl said. At about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 28, a resident of the home at 848 Conners St. says he heard noises and voices outside and saw a light from a car in his garage, police said. The man, who authorities have not identified, encountered three individuals and fired multiple shots from a .38-caliber pistol, police said. Henderson and Harrison were shot and killed, and the third individual, 19-year-old Jashin Gibson, fled but then returned when police and fire crews arrived on scene, police said. Gibson was arrested for breaking and entering. Gibson was booked in the Montgomery County Jail on a probation violation related to a robbery conviction, but was no longer there Thursday. Police said the detached garage was unsecured and open. The garage is about 15 feet from the home. Henderson was struck by two bullets in the back, according to coroner records and photos. One struck the left side of his upper back, and the other struck the right side, around the shoulder blade. Crime scene photographs show Henderson’s body wedged between the far wall of the garage and a silver Lincoln Continental. Harrison was struck by a bullet in the mid-section of the left back. It exited his chest and was recovered from his clothing, the initial autopsy report states. He also was hit in the thigh and the left forearm, with the bullet exiting through his elbow. Harrison’s body was found in the grass outside the garage, with his feet by the entryway, according to crime scene photos. The shooter called 911 to report the incident. He put the pistol down on his front porch before emergency responders arrived. Attorney Michael Wright, who is representing Harrison’s family, said it’s “somewhat obvious” that the shooting was not in self-defense. “We believe that they probably shouldn’t have been in the garage; however, they shouldn’t have been killed for being in the garage,” he said. In August, Biehl said it was tragic that two teens lost their lives, and police were consulting with prosecutors about the case. Biehl said it will be up to prosecutors to determine if it was a justifiable case of self-defense or a criminal act. Under a new state law, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person who uses deadly force did not do so in self-defense, defense of another or defense of the person’s residence. The burden used to be on the defendant to prove they acted in self-defense. Biehl said there was evidence of some drug activity taking place in the garage. Harrison’s father, Jimmy Harrison, previously said the boys sometimes went to the property to smoke marijuana. Henderson’s mother said the boys had gone to the property multiple times before. She said the shooter should have called the police when he heard noises outside or fire a warning shot. “I’m hearing this today that my son was shot twice in the back, and that little boy three times — that’s not right at all,” Linda Henderson said. “They didn’t have a chance.” She said she wants justice for her son, who was a twin, and for Harrison and his family.
  • A man recently found a six-foot tusk from a wooly mammoth while walking along an Alaskan beach. >> Read more trending news  Raymond Hunt, 27, saw only a few inches of what looked like a black pipe sticking out of the sand in Shaktoolik when he realized it was a tusk, likely from a woolly mammoth, KTUU reported. “It’s the first time I found one,” Hunt told KTUU. “I’ve got the tusk fever!” Hunt plans to sell the tusk, which is estimated to be worth about $5,000, to pay for winter fuel, food and snow-machine parts, KTUU reported.
  • A south Charlotte man claims he nearly ate a scorpion last week after bringing home blackberries he bought from a local grocery store. Tim Fox said he made the disturbing discovery last Tuesday evening, and he’s not happy with how the store where he said he purchased the fruit handled his complaint. He said it happened while eating his snack at work at a car dealership in Rock Hill. >> Read more trending news  'When I went to put one of the berries in my mouth, it was kind of hanging from it,” he said. Fox said he didn’t realize what it was at first and immediately threw it in the trash. “I went back, and I looked in the trash and I picked this scorpion up and it was dead,” he said. “I put it on my desk at work and I had about four coworkers around me, and we were like, ‘Oh my God.’” Fox, who lives in Ballantyne, said he buys berries from the Harris Teeter almost every week. He purchased the MegaBerryes brand blackberries two days before eating them. The day he opened the fruit and saw the scorpion, Fox said he called the Harris Teeter and asked a manager to remove the packages from the produce section before actually going to the store to speak with the manager face-to-face. “I showed him what I had, and he didn’t really act like he cared, and didn’t really say a whole lot about it,” Fox said. He said the manager showed him about 10 packages he removed from the shelf, but Fox thinks more should have been done. “They should have immediately taken every single blackberry in that store and went through every single package,” he said. Fox gave the manager his phone number and asked for a call from the grocery chain’s corporate office, but said he called the corporate office last Wednesday after he didn’t get a call back right away. He said the company offered him a $500 gift card, but he turned it down. Fox said he would like something more substantial. “I just think that they need to understand that they need to be more careful,” he said. WSOC contacted Harris Teeter and a communications manager responded to the request for comment in an email, writing: MegaBerryes, the Texas-based company listed on the package of blackberries, was also contacted but has not yet responded.