Varsity Preps

Jamari Manuel, RB, C/O 2015

Photo by John Hart

East High School (Madison, WI)

Vitals: 5’11”/ 185 lbs./ 4.5 40-Time

Film Analysis: Jamari Manuel is the prototype for size when it comes to a running back out of high school for me. He stands at 5’11, so not too short or tall, and weighs in at around 185 pounds. That allows for a collegiate coaching staff to build on top of that frame and get him around 200-205 pounds so that he will not get battered and bruised at the next level. The first thing that struck me about Manuel is how well he uses his center of gravity. He keeps his body low with momentum always moving forward. Manuel is consistently breaking tackles and that low center of gravity is the tell-tale reason. Manuel runs a 4.5 40 time and is able to use that solid speed in big bursts. He especially uses it once he gets to the second level of the defense. Manuel isn’t an acceleration guy, he is more of a “duster,” a guy that if you don’t get him before he hits a full head of steam, he’ll leave you in the dust. I also like that Manuel has good hands and can operate as a receiver out of the backfield, whether it be on screens or regular passing game patterns. Manuel is versatile, but I’d like to see what he can do inside the guards, or the “A” gaps.

My Rating: 3-Star RB Prospect, Top 40 RB Nationally, Top 500 Player Nationally, Top 5 Player in Wisconsin

The Verdict: Jamari Manuel has been dealt a pretty rough hand in his high school career. He plays for a school that hasn’t won a football game in almost three years. That is a difficult thing to deal with, when you are a player trying to market himself to college coaches. That is why I believe Manuel isn’t on as many radars as he should. He definitely has talent. His film shows that. I know that Manuel is camping this summer so that will be a pivotal time for him. Whoever decides to offer Manuel for his services are going to be in for a steal. Manuel grades out where he could go anywhere from the Division 1 level, to high Division 1-AA. That isn’t necessarily a bad problem to have. Hopefully the offers start coming through for this young man.

Pros: Runs Low, Receiving Hands

Cons: Power Game

Check out Jamari’s Hudl page: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1626901/jamari-manuel

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