UPDATE 4/17: TYLER MANOA NAMED HIS TOP FIVE ON TWITTER:
Tyler Manoa, an interior defensive lineman from St. Francis High School in Northern California, is still considering the Cougars but he does not claim any recruiting favorites entering the spring evaluation period.
“I wanted to see what else would come and luckily things did come. I have 12 offers now,” he said. “And now I just want to check everything out before I make my final decision.”
Manoa has stopped by Cal twice and he checked out Arizona earlier this month.
“I enjoyed getting to see the team get after it,” he said of his most recent trip to Cal. “They're young, they don't have a lot of depth, but that's something that they'll work on this year. It's all about progression for them right now.
“I enjoyed it out at Arizona. [Defensive line] coach Vincent Amey is a great guy and I really like the way he coaches. I sat down and watched some film with him. He told me what he would like to see in my game this year. I liked it, it was nice up there.”
Manoa is set to visit Utah later this week and he hopes to stop by Cal and Oregon, to see their spring game, in the coming weeks.
“I won't be attending a lot of camps this summer because I want to focus on St. Francis football but I do want to visit some other schools that have offered me, like Colorado,” he said. “It is overwhelming at times because all these coaches are pushing to get you on their team. I am just trying to take everything in. I need to check everything out because I am going to be there for four years.”
Manoa has been in weekly contact with tight ends coach Gary Bernardi, who is responsible for his recruitment from the Buffaloes' staff. Colorado extended its offer on March 16.
“I have met Coach Bernardi a couple times, too, and he is coming back out here for spring recruiting. We are building a good relationship,” Manoa said. “I saw the big leap Colorado took and it was good they were in the Pac-12 Championship game. It shows a lot of what they are building there. They have something special going on there.”
The West Catholic League Junior of the Year in 2016, Manoa was also a first-team all-Bay Area selection. He is currently ranked as the second best defensive tackle prospect in the Golden State from the Class of 2018.
“College coaches have said they like my build,” he said. “Some coaches told me I need to work on my motor but they also like the way I use my hands and how I am not just a one move person. They like that I play basketball, that I am a dual-sport athlete.”