Manning, a 6-4, 270-pound rising senior at Wekiva High School, said, “My parents are excited about me coming to Auburn.
“My mom played basketball in college at Marshall and my dad played football at Marshall,” he pointed out, noting they met while in college.
Manning has added around 20 pounds this year and may still be growing. “My dad is six-foot-six, 300 something pounds,” he said.” My mom is six-foot-two.”
Noting that he is much better at football than basketball, the prospect is following in his dad’s footsteps in a sport he got started playing at a young age.
“I have been playing football since I was like seven in little league and continued to play in middle school into high school,” he said. “Other than football I do track. I compete in the shot put and discus.”
Manning expects to be reunited at Auburn with two of his former teammates at Evans High School in Orlando--quarterback Woody Barrett, who is at West Orange High, and defensive end Dequan Newkirk, who plays for The First Academy.
“I played football with Woody and Dequan over at Evans my freshman year and I know Tony Stephens from back at Evans,” he said of the Auburn wide receiver. “Everybody is excited about me committing to Auburn.”
Manning chose the Tigers over North Carolina, North Carolina State and Central Florida and said he feels comfortable with his choice.
Wekiva High plays a 3-4 front and Manning plays on both sides of the noseguard. He is preparing for his season by running as well as doing footwork and hand drills that he hopes will help him become a better player as his team makes the jump from Class 7A to Class 8A this season.
“I think we will have a pretty good team,” he said. “Hopefully, we will return to the playoffs.”
Asked if he has any pesonal goals for his senior season, Manning said, “I am going to try to get 25 sacks and 75 tackles. Last year I think I had around 11 sacks and 50 tackles.”
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