Manley Planning on ACC Trip

Though communications have broken down between Milton (GA) defensive end Josh Manley and Missouri as well as UCLA, the Syracuse "soft" commit is planning a trip to Wake Forest in order to compare the school with SU.

Josh Manley continues to seek a late visit in order to compare a school to Syracuse, where he is committed, but it has become an ongoing process.

Initially, he was set on seeing Missouri and/or UCLA, but there was a lack of communication between he and the respective coaching staffs. However, in somewhat of a surprise move, Manley is getting in a late trip after all.

"I talked to Coach [Alex] Grinch and what he told me was that he didn't think that they could legitimately offer me or get me up to see Missouri, so that was that," said Manley.

As for UCLA?

"They're out, too," said the Milton (GA) defensive end.

But there is a school that still has some room for him.

Wake Forest.

After speaking to coach Lonnie Galloway on Thursday, he will likely trip to Winston-Salem on Friday.

"It's a great school, it's a great program," Manley said of the Demon Deacons, who have offered. "I got tons of family in North Carolina – my mom's side of the family is actually based in North Carolina so it's where our roots come from. I love going up there."

"It's in the ACC, which is a great conference – there are a lot of things I like," he continued. "Mainly the school itself, it's a smaller school and I like that because it's more 1-on-1 time with teachers and stuff like that.

"Kind of don't feel like a number."

Despite the late interest in Wake, Manley still considered himself an SU commit with the Orange still in the lead for his services.

"Right now my top two would be Syracuse and Wake," he admitted.

With so many schools in the mix over the last week – fatigue has set in some for Manley. Still, he remains focused on signing a Letter of Intent on February 1 along with most of the Class of 2012.

"These last few weeks have been a little stressful," said the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Manley. "I want to know [a destination] by Wednesday."


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