Prospect Q&A: EJ Manuel talks recruiting, FSU

Virginia Beach Bayside High standout is one of the top quarterbacks on the east coast and he shares the latest with You recently got an offer from FSU. How did that feel?

E.J. Manuel: Man, it was great. I got my offer letter Monday. I didnt believe it at first. I mean, I know they werent lying, but to actually have that piece of paper ... it's exciting. My parents were excited, too. It's just a very flattering thing.

ND: What schools have offered you?

Manuel: I have 23 offeres from schools like LSU, FSU, Miami, Alabama, Rutgers, Tennessee, UNC and a host of other schools.

ND: Do any schools stick out?

Manuel: I am just laying low right now. I am trying to stay level headed, you know. This is an important process. I am going to be at this place for 4-5 years, and I dont want to be unhappy. I have a great support system with my parents and my coaches. I have trust in God.

ND: What intresetes you about FSU?

Manuel: Tradition. Seeing that Seminole come out with the spear before the game, it gets your blood flowing. What young player wouldn't want to be a part of that. Coach (Bobby) Bowden is there. He is a legend and a Hall of Famer. Jimbo Fisher just got there. Plus, my friend Damon McDaniel is there. Warm weather is a preference for me. I know I can't always get away from the cold, but I prefer warmer weather. Also, Vince Williams, Nigel Bradham, Nigel Carr, C.J. Holton, Nick Moody ... man they are all calling me asking me what am I going to do. Not pressuring me, just talking to me as friends. I like that.

ND: What do you bring to the table as a player?

Manuel: I am a gamebreaker. I'd rather stay in the pocket and throw, not because I am lazy, but because I can make the throws. My feet, though, they set me apart. They are a blessing. I like to run. I am not going to let anyone punk me on the field, or in life. I am a smart kid, and I learn pretty quickly. I also can make the quick decisons, as well as all of the throws. Just the versatility I bring makes me stand out.

ND: What coaches from FSU are recruiting you?

Manuel: Coach Fisher and Coach (John) Lilly.

ND: When are you going to make a decision?

Manuel: Well, I gotta check when I can make visits. But I am going to be driving down in the spring or summer to check out FSU. I want to decide before my season starts. If I feel a school is right, I will choose ... even if I haven't visited. You know, making these trips are expensive. I want to check out as many as I can. If I make just one official, so be it.

ND: What are your measurables right now?

Manuel: I am 6'5", 208 lbs with a 4.6-forty. Last year I passed for 1,973 yards and 17 TDs.

ND: Finally, have you taken any tests?

Manuel: Yeah, I took the SAT and got a 1050 and my GPA is a 2.975.

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