Manning Getting Early Attention

Logan quarterback Jeff Manning is coming off a very productive junior year, which has earned him a lot of early attention from interested Division I programs. TBS caught up with Manning to learn of who is showing him attention, which schools he prefers and which camps he plans on attending this coming summer.

Jeff Manning is a 6-foot-4-inch, 186-pound quarterback prospect that leads Logan's spread offense. Last season he threw for 2,280 yards and 29 touchdowns, and rushed for 490 yards and 10 touchdowns. These impressive numbers have led to many a college recruiter taking note.

"I'm going to have a lot of coaches up to see me work out this coming week," said Manning. "All five of the schools who are recruiting me most are going to come and see me work out."

Those five schools are BYU, Utah, Colorado State, Washington and Boise State. Manning has also been receiving increased attention from Oregon in recent weeks and is thankful for the attention. In the meantime, he hopes that his upcoming workout in front of the college coaches will pay big dividends.

"I haven't received any offers yet, but hopefully that will change when they see me more," said Manning. "Most of the coaches I've spoke with tell me that they want to see me work out before offering."

This past year Manning has become very familiar with most of the schools recruiting him, having made unofficial visits to Utah, BYU, Boise State and Colorado State. All four schools impressed Manning in much the same way.

"Utah was my first visit and I really liked it there," related Manning. "I really like Coach Ludwig and Coach Anderson. I love how Utah's coaches are friendly, open, understanding, and all that. I really feel comfortable with them."

Manning grew up cheering for the Utes and could easily see himself fitting in with their spread offense thanks to the offense that Logan runs.

"Yeah, it's similar to what Utah does," said Manning of Logan's offense. "We spread the field and there are a lot of the same reads. I also run a lot in the system, which is like what Utah does as well."

Manning also likes BYU and was similarly impressed with what they have to offer.

"BYU's facilities are amazing," said Manning. "I really like Coach Doman too. He's a great guy and would be great to play for and have coach me. BYU's coaches also are very friendly and open and all that."

Manning had similar things to say about his visits to Colorado State and Boise State. Manning intends on becoming even more familiar with all four schools over the summer.

"I definitely plan on attending all of their camps for at least one day," said Manning. "I like all four of them and don't really have a favorite right now. I'm just waiting to see what offers come in and then go from there."

Manning cites his height and overall leadership skills as his greatest assets.

"Being tall obviously helps me see the field very well," explained Manning. "I'm very good and have improved a lot at seeing the field and going through my progressions. I've also become a good leader and feel that I have good leadership skills."

Manning is LDS and has definite plans to serve a mission, something that he's been very upfront about with every school that has been recruiting him.

"I let every school know right away that I'm definitely serving a mission," said Manning. "I'll turn 19 in January after I graduate, so a lot of schools have mentioned greyshirt options for me, which would probably be the best option."


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