Nyme Manns may just be next big thing for Patterson High

Written by on October 19, 2011 in High Schools - 1 Comment

Nyme Manns almost didn’t come out for the Patterson football team.

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Patterson receiver Nyme Manns has been a big addition -- figurative and literally -- to the Clippers’ offense this season. Manns transferred to Patterson from Digital Harbor and also plays basketball. Photo by Jason Butt

Manns, a tall, yet strong, receiving target, considered himself a basketball player first, having played with Digital Harbor’s Class 2A state championship team last season. Manns transferred to Patterson with no intentions to play football.

But a certain senior leader was in his ear telling him to come out and play.

“I talked him into it every day, all day, trying to force him to play,” quarterback Craig Oliver said.

Manns gave in and came out for a practice.

“We were just playing around, jump ball, jump ball and no one could out-jump him,” Oliver said. “So on the field it’s just jump ball. He out-jumps a lot of people.”

Manns wasn’t on the roster for Patterson’s first game against Archbishop Curley this season. In Week 2 against his old school Digital Harbor, he dressed but didn’t play. Coach Corey Johnson said he needed to work his way into the system. He received his first game reps in Week 3 against Carver. It was that game that a Towson University scout, there to see Oliver, noticed Manns. The scout has stayed in contact with both.

Manns is the type of receiver that quarterbacks love to have. With a deadly combination of size (6-4), speed and athleticism, it’s tough for any defense to leave him in single coverage.

“Most of the time the corners aren’t going to be my height,” Manns said. “So I can jump over them.”

Manns has only played football for about two years. Since there’s little game film, Manns is still waiting for more colleges to come calling. Johnson believes his big wideout has Division 1 potential.

“He’s a huge target,” Johnson said. “Craig feels very comfortable throwing to him. He works hard, he wants the ball, he wants to make plays. That’s the type of player you need to have.”

Manns’ decision to come out for the team has slowly made a big difference for Patterson this season. In his first game against Carver he caught two passes for 48 yards. The next week, against Douglass, he caught his a touchdown. Two weeks ago, in a loss to Poly, Manns hauled in five catches for 174 yards and three touchdowns.

“You just have to be willing to learn and be determined,” Manns said. “Hard work pays off and it’s paying off.”

Manns and fellow senior receiver Pete Carter make up one of the best receiving duos in the city. Manns’ deep play ability allows Carter to work the underneath routes, which is making the passing game easier for Oliver.

No wonder Oliver wanted Manns on the field this season.

“A lot of the basketball guys don’t want to play football,” Johnson said. “Luckily, Craig is a great recruiter.”

by Jason Butt
sports@baltimoreguide.com

One Comment on "Nyme Manns may just be next big thing for Patterson High"

  1. LINDA EDWARDS May 18, 2012 at 7:53 am · Reply

    I LIKED YOU R COMMENTS ON MY NEPHEW NYME MANNS. THIS KID HAVE BEEN PLAYING SPORTS SINCE HIS EARLY CHILDHOOD.

    HIS MOM AND DAD HAS AWAYS BEEN BY HIS SIDE AND SUPPORTED HIM THRU LIFE WITH EDUCATION AND HIS SPORTS ABILITY. HIS FAMILY IS VERY PROUD OF HIS ACOMPLISHMENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS (TO GOD BE THE GLORY).

    THE FAMILY HAS TALKED TO HIM ABOUT KEEPING FOCUS AND ALWAYS DOING THE RIGHT THINGS . WE HAVE PRECHED TO HIM ABOUT BEING A LEADER AND NOT A FOLLOWER WHEN IT CAME TO MAKING SERIOUS AND MAJOR DECISIONS.

    WE K NOW HE WILL DO WELL IN COLLEGE WE HAVE SEEN HIM MATURE IN MANY PHASES. HE IS VERY HAPPY IN HIS DECISION TO PLAY FOOTBALL AND WE HAVE HIS BACK.

    AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR THE LOVELY ARTICLE.

    SINCERELY,

    LINDA EDWARDS, HIS AUNT

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