Manchigiah A Rising Soph

Joshua Manchigiah still has two years of high school football to play but college already are showing consistent interest in the Nebraska athlete. He spoke with about the programs to which he's speaking and what he's looking for in a college.

Joshua Manchigiah understands the assumption that he's a rabid Huskers fan. He lives in Nebraska. He's surrounded by them.

The Papillion-La Vista High athlete thinks highly of the home state team. His mind is open by a well-traveled past, however.

"I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas," the 6-foot, 185-pound Manchigiah said. "My dad was a Marine so we moved around a lot. I grew up a Texas A&M fan because both of my parents went to school there."

Manchigiah is a rising prospect having received campus invites from Iowa State, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Utah State and LSU, among others. He's awaiting his first scholarship offer but is only a sophomore.

"Minnesota and Utah State have given me offer timelines saying they will this summer," he said.

Iowa played host to Manchigiah during its games against Michigan State and Michigan this past fall. He's scheduled a trip to the Hawkeyes spring game on April 26 with his parents.

"I really like it at Iowa," he said. "They have a nice team atmosphere and it's exciting they are renovating all of their facilities. I like Coach (Reese) Morgan and I spent a lot of time talking with him. He treated me really well."

The Hawkeyes, like others, view Manchigiah as either a defensive back or a wide receiver, he said.

"Most schools are looking at me for corner but I can play receiver as well," he said.

Manchigiah visited Iowa State recently after camping with the Cyclones last summer. He said he would be camping in Ames again this summer as well as at Nebraska, LSU, and possibly Minnesota, among others.

"I like it at Iowa state as well," he said. "They have some unique aspects of their facilities, especially their weight room. They have some new coaches, including my regional recruiter (Brandon Blaney) and DB coach (Maurice Linguist). I had good conversations with Coach Blaney and Coach Linguist."

Manchigiah reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds at both the Iowa State and Texas A&M camps last summer. He participates in track for his high school team.

While he falls short of being a Husker fanatic, Manchigiah still holds a fondness for Nebraska living so close to Lincoln.

"It's going pretty well," he said his recruitment with the local program. "I went to their game against UCLA as a recruit. I had a track meet the day of their spring game otherwise I could've gone to that. And I'm excited to attend their camp this summer."

Wherever he ends up, Manchigiah seeks comfort.

"I'm looking for a good fit where I'm welcomed and we get along well. I want to get a good education because it's a 40-year decision not just a four-year decision. Coaching is important, too, so I'd like to have a coach I can really connect with and be on the same level with."

Manchigiah still is looking through possible college majors. He's interested in sports management.

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