Duke Still In the Running For Maneri

Justin Maneri is being recruited on both the hardwood and the gridiron so far and with a hectic AAU basketball schedule he has had little time to work recruiting visits into the mix this summer. The Saddle Brook, N.J., native was able to make it to camps at Rutgers and Temple however and has found out one the programs he was being recruited by is no longer an option for him.

Justin Maneri is hearing from a number of smaller Division I basketball programs at this point and could have a future on the hardwood, however his 6-foot-8, 230-pound frame has certainly caught the eyes of many recruiters for football as well. Connecticut was one of the schools recruiting him most fervently early in the game, however recently he was made aware the school was no longer and option for him.

"One of the coaches from Connecticut talked to my athletic director recently and told him that they were not interested in me because I project as a pass-catching tight end and they want more of a blocking type right now," Maneri explained. "I was obviously really surprised by that as I had visited there for games this year and was invited up to campus a number of times, so I called my recruiting coordinator Coach (Scott) Lakatos to find out what was up with that, but I haven't heard back from them for two months now, so I guess that answers my question."

While the Huskies may no longer be interested in the Saddle Brook High School athlete, many other programs still are including Duke, Syracuse, North Carolina, Rutgers and Temple, where his older brother Steve currently plays tight end.

"I camped at Temple, but I had to leave early, so they really worked me out fast and had me work out on both sides of the ball," Maneri stated. "The tight ends coach (Andrew) Dees is a really cool guy and played in the NFL himself, so that is definitely a plus right there. When you hear about Temple the first thing a lot of people mention is the area it is in, however I thought the campus was really nice and had a lot going for it. They are building a lot of new things down there and have things going in the right direction."

"Rutgers was the other camp I went to, however I really didn't run as well as I had hoped to there," Maneri said. "I learned a lot about the school while I was there and really like the coaching staff because they will sit down and talk to you like a normal person. I think it was the best overall run camp I have been to and it was very quick which was great."

Cincinnati has also entered the picture lately for Maneri, sending him text messages regularly. As a junior at Saddle Brook High School, Maneri caught 30 passes for 600 yards and 10 touchdowns from his tight end po

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