At Tri-Cities High School on Saturday, the competition level was not quite like going against the three-time defending champion Buford Wolves. The talent level was not quite the same, but he did get a good look at how he stacked up against some of the best in his class.
"I saw a lot of good players in Georgia that are not just in my region, but in my entire state. I saw a good level of competition out there and I got to see how I worked with players that were not on my real team. I took a lot away from the combine, but just seeing how I compare to others in my grade and learning to work with people I don't really know were the two big things for me."
Overall he was happy with his performance. He walked away with the Co-MVP Award, but that is not what he was shooting for.
"I think I could have done a little bit better in the testing, but I think I threw the ball pretty well. I was a little bit here and there, but I think I made some nice throws out there too."
"I want to be that top quarterback in 2013, so getting the Co-MVP was a little less than what I wanted. I want to be the best and I know I have to work for that. I was close today, but didn't get it, so now I know I need to work a little harder."
If things go the way the 6-foot-2 freshman out of Roswell (GA) wants, then he could end up playing between the hedges at the University of Georgia. He is not thinking about that too much this early in the game, but he has grown up cheering for the red and black.
"I have been a fan of Georgia's my entire life, so I like Georgia a lot. Both of my parents went to Georgia, so I have been to games as a fan, and all that. I really like it over there a lot, but I am not looking down that road yet. I am just going to work on being the best quarterback I can be and let that take care of itself."
McManes threw for around 300 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman. He plans to get bigger and stronger in the off-season.
Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.