Did Georgia try to make a preemptive strike against Georgia Tech by being the first of archrivals to offer one of the state’s top college prospects for 2012?
“Yes, that’s what I was kind of thinking,” said Charles Mann, the 6-foot-5, 193-pound point guard from Union Grove High School.
“I mean, both schools were recruiting me all along, especially Georgia. But I hadn’t talked to Georgia for about two weeks until last Sunday. And they hadn’t been talking as if they were about to offer very soon … but on Sunday, they did. It definitely caught me off guard in a good way. I was very impressed. Now I don’t know what to think.”
Mann speculates that the timing of UGA’s Mother’s Day offer may have something to do with his impending unofficial visit to Georgia Tech, his childhood favorite. Mann made that recruiting trip to the campus of the Yellow Jackets on Wednesday and was, as expected, offered by coach Brian Gregory.
“He seemed like a good person .. honest and straight forward,” Mann said.
If Georgia Tech is Mann’s childhood favorite, was he ready to commit on the spot? Did Gregory ask if he wanted to go ahead and pledge to the ACC school? “Georgia Tech has always been a school I’ve wanted to go to,” Mann said. “Coach Gregory was like ‘take your time with a decision and let me come and see you play this summer.’ He hasn’t seen me play in person yet, but said there was no doubt they were going to offer me today.”
If Mann had a second favorite school while growing up, it was Georgia. And Georgia’s offer on Sunday has his mind spinning between the two in-state schools.
“Right now, I’m not sure what I want to do; I might even go out of state,” Mann said. “Georgia Tech feels like I can come in and have a chance to start at point guard my freshman year. Georgia [coach Mark Fox] said they really like big guards like me, and they like the idea of having me in the backcourt with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.”
Of course, what started Mann ascension to the top of the charts among college scouts was an offer from national champion UConn two weeks ago. Florida State joined UGA with offers last Sunday to Mann, who has around 15 total. Mann said Tennessee or Miami may be next.
“With all these offers, it’s getting kind of hard to figure out everything right now,” Mann said.
Mann averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists as a junior at Union Grove. He is projected to play both point guard and shooting guard in college.
UPDATED: How hot is Mann? Shortly after returning from Georgia Tech on Wednesday night, he was offered by Miami.
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