September 8, 2010

Manziel to return to Aggieland Saturday

Kerrville Tivy quarterback Johnny Manziel had a busy weekend, scrambling on and off the football field. His efforts on the field carried Tivy to a 39-34 win over San Antonio Madison; on Saturday, he hustled his way up to College Station to watch Texas A&M dispatch Stephen F. Austin 48-7.

"It was a shootout," Manziel said of the win over Madison. "I had to throw the ball 75 times."

Forty-one of those 75 passes were completed, for 503 yards and four touchdowns. In addition, Manziel ran for 78 yards and another score, accounting for nearly 600 yards in total offense by himself. Instead of resting on his laurels - or resting, period - Manziel got in the car Saturday and headed to Kyle Field with some friends.
While he was impressed with many facets of the Aggies' win, one thing that stood out was the record-setting opening day crowd.

"I could get used to playing in front of that," he said.

Manziel said the trip to College Station went well and included some face time with Texas A&M's head coach.

"I got to meet with coach Sherman both before and after the game," he said. "I thought it was a good trip. I definitely enjoyed it."

Even though Manziel committed to Oregon in June, he was excited to receive A&M's scholarship offer two weeks ago and has been spent considerable time thinking about his options. The Aggies' chances of landing the multi-talented Manziel, who is ranked as the 25th-best dual-threat quarterback in the national by Rivals.com, could be helped considerably this weekend.

"I'm going back this Saturday with my parents," he said. "We'll talk to the coaches some more then."

While Manziel has a Nov. 4 official visit set up with Oregon, the lure of going to a familiar, much closer school has a strong appeal to the three-star recruit. One way or the other, this weekend's visit with his family could go a long way in deciding whether Manziel plays in Eugene or College Station.


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