The 6-2, 280-pound manchild is the state’s consensus No. 1-ranked defender and A&M’s most highly-regarded defensive signee in over a decade. Receiving offers from USC, Texas, LSU, Michigan, Tennessee, Oregon, UCLA and other big-name programs, Manning opted to play defense for the Wrecking Crew and in the SEC rather than stay in the Metroplex and play at TCU or follow his older brother, DeMarcus Granger, to Oklahoma.
In Manning, Defensive Coordinator Mark Snyder and Defensive line coach Terry Price get an instant-impact interior defender capable of dominating. Justin is a stout, powerful player blessed with rare off-the-ball quickness. He’s a wrecking ball who can get it done with athleticism and finesse or raw power. Justin is capable of shutting down running plays before they get started. He’s one of the most disruptive defenders in the country and the type recruit who will arrive on campus looking to fulfill obvious All-SEC and NFL potential.
Justin is a bona fide difference-maker capable of immediately competing for a starting job. He’s also a true nationally-recruited defensive lineman – the kind of player that the Aggies haven’t landed since Ty Warren signed with the Maroon & White back in 1999.
As a junior, the immovable object emerged as one of the state’s most coveted 2013 recruits while recording 68 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries. A three-time All-District pick, Manning earned 11-4A District MVP honors after an absolutely dominant senior season. Justin was virtually unblockable as a senior, totaling 76 stops, 11 sacks, 15 quarterback pressures and 18 tackles for loss. He was also named 4A Honorable Mention All-State and first team All-Area while also being named a U.S. Army All-American.
Stats2011 68 tackles, 19 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 FR
2012: 76 tackles, 11 sacks, 15 QB pressure, 18 TFL
Honors2011 11-4A First Team All-District
2012: 11-4A District MVP; 4A All-State Honorable Mention (AP); U.S. Army All-American; 4A All-Region II First Team (TXHSFB); First Team All-Area (DMN)