Arkansas Gets Massive Signee In Beau Chene Offensive Tackle Devon Manuel
by Jace LeJeune
In Lafayette today, the Arkansas Razorbacks went into its neighboring state and got one of the best offensive linemen in the state of Louisiana. From Beau Chene High School, the Gators’ Devon Manuel always stood out. At 6-8, 300 pounds, Manuel’s size always made him emerge from the crowd. However, his play has been just as big for the Gators throughout his career.
Louisiana Football Magazine’s recruiting guru Lee Brecheen has been very impressed with this three star prospect and how he may have gotten away from a lot of the in state schools.
“Here is a kid that I saw this year have true SEC ability,” Brecheen said. “I think LSU is missing on a national recruit in their backyard. This kid is mean and about every game, he has about 13 pancakes meaning he destroys defensive linemen, finishes blocks, is tough, and is all of 6-8. He is a lean 330 pounds because he is so long. He is committed to Arkansas, but I am really puzzled why LSU has not been on this guy. This kid is not a project and is gifted as almost anybody that you would see in the country.”
Although the Bayou Bengals have not offered Manuel, many college football programs have offered him including UCF, Tulane, Texas Southern, Texas A&M, Southern, South Alabama, Nicholls State, Michigan State, McNeese State, Louisiana Tech, UL, Kansas, Iowa State, Indiana, Houston, Grambling, and Alcorn State. Despite the many offers, Manuel remained to his Arkansas commitment since earlier this summer in June.
“It is the relationships that the coaches built with me during this whole process is what made me commit to Arkansas,” Manuel said.
The relationship and commitment that head coach Sam Pittman and the entire coaching staff made towards Devon Manuel made the difference in the end when he eventually signed to be a part of the Razorbacks program. Now, he is hoping that the trust and commitment would only help him separate from the rest of the pack once he gets to Fayetteville.
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Jace is from Addis, LA but resides in Port Allen, LA. Jace attends Southeastern Louisiana University and is majoring in Communications. This is Jace’s fourth year as Associate Editor at Louisiana Football Magazine. He is also a graduate from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge where he was the editor of the school newspaper the “Bearly Published.” While at CHS, Jace also announced their football, basketball, and baseball games for the Bruin Broadcast Network which is the Catholic High’s streaming website for their events. On weekends, Jace is the PA announcer for his middle school football games. At home, Jace enjoys time with his family and friends. Besides being a huge football fan, Jace is also an avid NHRA drag racing fan.