Gators Trail For CB

Joe Manning names an out of state leader. He is a cornerback/ wide receiver prospect from Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High School. The Gators trail an out of state college football power.

Joe Manning has quietly picked up several big time offers. The wide receiver/ cornerback from Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln has scholarship offers from Nebraska, Louisville, Clemson, Iowa State and Michigan State. With a big senior season, more offers should flood in this fall.

"Nebraska is my leader," Manning said. "I know I could come in and play there. The Big 12 is a great conference playing great competition each week. Florida is number two. The SEC would be great to play in as well. I also like Florida State, Louisville, and Clemson."

Manning, 6-0 and 175 pounds, runs in the 4.4 range. Last season as a junior, Manning played defensive end/ outside linebacker and strong safety. This season, he will play cornerback and wider receiver. Most schools, including Nebraska, like him at cornerback.

"The thing I like most about football is hitting people. I want to play defense. I can support the run, make plays and cover people. As a wide receiver, I run good routes and work hard. I have good hands, speed and quickness."

One big advantage for Manning and his teammates is the daily competition at Lincoln High School. They have had so many super D-1 type athletes over the years.

"Everyday is competition around here. The competition level is just amazing. And it's everyday. You can't help but get better. We always push each other."

This season is no different at Lincoln. They could have as many as 14 prospects sign Division 1 scholarships.

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