Manning gushes about Sun Devils post-vist

A Southern California running back has Arizona State high on his list following a recent visit to the school.

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) standout Aaron Manning visited Arizona State last weekend for its Saturday spring football practice and was thoroughly impressed.

"I loved the ASU visit," Manning said. "It was a good experience for me and I like their program a lot, I love their coaches and everything," Manning said. "I liked the tempo of the spring practice and how the coaches were staying on top of everything. It was way better than high school, I can't even explain it but I just loved it."

Manning, a 5-foot-8, 170 pound running back, said he doesn't have any scholarship offers as yet, but is hearing from ASU, Arizona, NAU, Portland State, Utah and Washington State, with schools suggesting an offer could come following spring evaluation.

But there's one offer that Manning said would end his recruitment, effective immediately.

"I'm the type of guy to commit early if I feel like I'm loving the school, like ASU," Manning said. "I would commit right away if ASU offered. I've wanted to go there since I was a kid. I love the program, my mom used to tell me about the school. She didn't go there but she didn't kept up with it because her cousin went there. She told me about how I could major in business and it's a good school and everything she said and what I've seen I would love to go there.

"I talk to (offensive coordinator and quarterback) coach (Mike) Norvell the most. He shows me a lot of love. He tells me he's going to come watch me play this season and that they're getting closer and closer to offering me. He says they really love my skill set and want to keep watching me for a little bit longer with. But he shows me love and I really love everything about him and respect him a lot."

Manning said last season he started to pay closer attention to the Sun Devils and liked what he saw on the field, especially in the Sun Bowl win in which running back Demario Richard had four touchdowns and was game MVP.

"I watched them play Duke and I loved how the running back was huge in that game and how the running back is a huge part of the offense," Manning said. "That's a big position I play. They are recruiting me for running back and slot. That's what I'm going to play in college. This year in high school I'm going to play corner and go both (ways)."

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