Report: Manuel's flip from Florida to FSU was part of the game plan

BY foxsports • February 4, 2016

Four-star defensive tackle Shavar Manuel’s last-second flip from Florida to Florida State was all part of the game plan, according to a report by the Orlando Sentinel.

The publication states that FSU knew Manuel was headed to Tallahassee approximately two weeks before National Signing Day, but defensive ends coach Brad Lawing told Manuel to to “play the game” and to “tell the damn Gators anything they want to hear.”

Per the Orlando Sentinel:

Manuel, according to FSU defensive ends coach Brad Lawing, assured the Seminoles’ staff that his commitment to Florida in early January was half-hearted.

“Shavar had told me the night before, ‘I’m a Seminole’ and then he committed to Florida,” Lawing said during FSU’s annual signing day party. “I called him up, asked what’s going on and he said ‘I’m just getting some pressure from people.’

“So he didn’t just flip tonight. We’ve known about this for about two weeks.”

Lawing, who coached at Florida in 2013 and ‘14, told Manuel to “play the game” and to “tell the damn Gators anything they want to hear.”

It appears that Manuel complied. On Wednesday morning the 6-4, 290-pound prized prospect tweeted his decommitment from Florida and a few hours later he signed with the Seminoles.

Per the Orlando Sentinel:

“He was good to his word and he is pumped up to be at Florida State,” Lawing said.

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