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YouTube Recruiting Spotlight: WVU Commit Deontay McManus

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Editor's Take: The pipeline from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Baltimore, MD) to Morgantown is not over. 

It started when current WVU standout Tavon Austin made a name for himself in high school with his ridiculous highlight film, and that superior talent has since transitioned him into an All-Big East performer.  Now, current WVU commitment Deontay McManus wants to follow that path.

You don't find athletes too often like McManus.  At first glance, he has the size of a linebacker, the speed of a wide receiver and already looks like a BCS player.  His athleticism is pretty remarkable for a guy his size. 

In the junior highlight film above, McManus displays his somewhat surprising breakaway speed and agility that seems more suited for a BCS level slot receiver, not a 6'2" 215-pound high school senior.  Nonetheless, it helps explain why every school around has offered him a scholarship, as Rivals.com ranks him as a four-star prospect and the 165th overall prospect in the nation.

In the tape, we see him playing both sides of the ball, but Head Coach Dana Holgorsen's commitment to wanting him strictly at wideout is a huge reason why the talented prospect chose to commit to the Mountaineers. 

One thing McManus brings to the table instantly is his ability to grab the ball out of the air in the red zone.  We see multiple times on this film where his quarterback simply tosses the ball up to him on a fade route near the goal line and lets him make a play.  His jumping ability and hands are very good, and his huge frame allows him to have his way with smaller cornerbacks.

One thing he will have to improve on at the next level is his consistency.  He has shown he can jump in the air and make the difficult catch, but can he catch the 10-yard slant over the middle on a consistent basis?  Can he bring the focus and intensity that is necessary at this level everyday in practice?  He struggled with his consistency this summer during Nike's The Opening and he will certainly need to refine his game when he makes the jump to the Big East.

With that said, his raw athleticism could get him on the field in the two-deep as a true freshman in 2012.  This Dunbar product makes people miss as good as anybody since Austin roamed the sideline for the Poets.

When is the last time we saw a 215-pound athlete returning punts?  While McManus probably won't be doing this on the college level, it further shows how ridiculously athletic this Maryland product is. 

His size and strength also make him extremely tough for only one defender to bring down.  Be sure to watch the clip around the 3:45 mark for further proof.

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