Sometimes in recruiting, the physical tools outweigh the skills that a prospect shows on the field. That is the case with Georgia commit Chauncey Manac. He is built like a player who is ready to play college football now, but his potential far outweighs what kind of player he is currently.
He could end up being a great one in the SEC East if he puts it all together while in Athens.
He is put together well in both his upper and lower body. In terms of his frame, I don’t see weak side defensive end like many have him listed. He has great length that’s perfect for a player that plays on the edge. Manac runs well, but has decent lateral movement for his size.
It’s hard to truly evaluate Manac as he plays position for his high school that he doesn’t really project to at the college level. He lined up as the Mike linebacker against certain offenses and he certainly did a good job of filling and is an extremely physical tackler, but his lateral movement showed that clearly isn’t his future for Georgia.
He also lined up on the edge, where he line up for the Bulldogs, but he was often in a two point stance. He was often slow with his first step and lacked consistent explosion. He flashed good strength with his punch, but was inconsistent with it. If he establishes it consistently it will be a huge asset for him because of his great length.
He isn’t he most instinctive player and is late to recognize blocks. That’s why he struggled to set the edge and gave up way too much ground. He often stops his feet on contact because he is looking for the ball rather than reacting to the block and letting it take him to the football. When he simply attacks and takes control of the block with by being physical with his hands, he is a much more effective player.
He looks a lot better coming off the football when he has his hand in the ground in a four point stance. He does exactly what I just said. He attacks.
It’s tough to gauge him as a pass rusher from his film, but he shows great potential when you see him at camps. The plays I saw him make on the quarterback from his game film were plays where he was for the most part unblocked. I’m interested to see him go one on one with pads on against offensive tackles at The Opening.
I think he is someone who is much better suited to playing with his hand in the ground and is a defensive end in Georgia’s scheme. I just don’t think he is athletically suited to play in a two point.
Manac has the look of a future stud defensive lineman in the SEC, but he very well could be, but I’d like to see more from him on Fridays before I am convinced he can be that stud on Saturdays. If he plays more as a traditional defensive lineman then I think we could see that from him as a senior. All the tools are there for him to become a very good starter at the college level if he can put it all together.
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