Published December 30, 2013 - 4:00pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
It is now official: 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel will declare for the NFL, he announced on Wednesday. It’s not totally surprising–but several of Texas A&M’s current recruits hoped to play on the same team with Manziel, even if only for one season (Manziel had two years of eligibility left).
Avery Gennesy, a first-team all-american offensive tackle in junior college this year, was definitely one of those guys.
“Yeah, I did want to play with him, but I’m happy for him,” Gennesy told Saturday Down South. “He’s doing what he thinks is best for himself. He was calm in the pocket and he made plays with his legs when he needed to. I met him once, and he’s cool.”
Jermaine Eluemunor was another elite JUCO offensive lineman who like Gennesy could have been blocking for Manziel next fall.
“I knew there was a chance on Johnny leaving for the NFL,” Eluemunor told SDS. “It would have been great to play with the best college football player ever, but you’ve got to do what’s best for you, and he thought that was going to the NFL. And if I was in his shoes I would have done the same thing, because that is my main goal. If everyone was saying I’m going to be a top 10 pick, then there’s really no point to coming back to school because his draft stock can’t get any higher than top 10.”
Justin Dunning is a prep defensive back out of Whitehouse (Texas).
“I already thought he was going pro,” Dunning told SDS. “So that’s no big surprise to me. It would have been great to play with a player as good as him. He’s a great teammate and a great leader and everyone on the team loves him.”
Daylon Mack is a highly rated high school junior committed to the Aggies. For the defensive tackle to have been on the same roster with Manziel, the quarterback would have had to stay both years, which was always considered a stretch.
“I always felt like he would leave after this year,” Mack told SDS. “So his decision was not so surprising. I would have loved to play with a Heisman Trophy winner, that would have been cool. I spoke to him on a couple of my visits and he’s a really cool guy.”