Tyler Manoa (Brandon Huffman)

Bay Area Three-Star Defensive Lineman Tyler Manoa Has an Evolving List

Tyler Manoa has made some adjustments to his list of top schools...


Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis defensive lineman Tyler Manoa had named a top five earlier this spring.


But a pair of Pac-12 offers, one from Oregon State the day after he released his top five and then by UCLA last week, has him opening it up just a little bit.

"It wasn't a final five, I just wanted to narrow it down a little, and if any other schools came in, I'd consider them and look into them," said Manoa.  "So I put out my top five and then the two came since are now in it too."

The Beavers and Bruins joined Arizona, BYUCaliforniaColorado and Utah on his short list.

A one-time commit to BYU, Manoa said after opening things up, he's not in hurry this time around.

"I already made the early commitment once so now, I'm not really worried about committing early," said Manoa.  "I'm more worried about St. Francis football.

Manoa has already stopped by to check out BYU, Cal, Utah and Arizona and he now plans to go see Colorado, UCLA and Oregon State. He has been in weekly contact with Buffaloes tight ends coach Gary Bernardi.

“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," he said. "They have something special going on there.”

Manoa said he's considering taking all five official visits but doesn't have a hard deadline for when he wants to make a decision.

"Right now, it's just St. Francis football, so no more camps, just focusing on my senior year and then I'll worry about recruiting a little more after the season," said Manoa.

Earlier this week, Manoa was offered by Navy.  Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is Manoa's uncle and the brother of Manoa's mother.

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