Running back says he's still commited to Florida

Hillcrest High running back Markus Manson runs for yardage as he is pursued in the first half of a November contest in Hoover, Ala.

Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 12:31 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Recruiting rumors may continue to swirl, but they don't bother Markus Manson.

The 6-1, 195-pound running back told The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News on Tuesday that he's still committed to Florida. High school seniors can sign national letters-of-intent on Feb. 4.

Manson (6-1, 195) was named to The Tuscaloosa News' Super 11 after rushing for 1,701 yards in his senior season. He led the Patriots with 22 touchdowns and was a Super 12 selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

Manson, a finalist for Class 6A Back of the Year, attended a football camp at Auburn in the summer and was timed at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Some reports indicated that Manson was wavering on his choice and learning toward Alabama. He said he met Tuesday with Mike Locksley, Florida's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

"I'm able to have a life," said Manson. "I'm just having fun. I'm going to Florida this weekend, so it's good. I'm not stressing about it anymore.

"People have their own opinions. They can say what they want to say. It's a free country. Nobody really called me and asked me. I think it's just people talking. People believe what they want to believe."

- N.Y. Times Regional Newspaper Group

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