Q&A With Miami Commit Phillip Manley

The bigger, the better. At least that's the philosophy the Miami RedHawks are living by. They added their 3rd offensive lineman in a two week span when Phillip Manley made the call Monday night. Manley is from nearby Hamilton, where he plays with star running back and cousin, Kenny Veal. In this Q&A Manley talks about his commitment, his ability, and the possibility of playing with his cousin.

The bigger, the better. At least that's the philosophy the Miami RedHawks are living by. They added their 3rd offensive lineman in a two week span when Phillip Manley made the call Monday night. Manley is a 310 pound beast from nearby Hamilton, where he plays with star running back and cousin, Kenny Veal. In this Q&A Manley talks about his commitment, his ability, and the possibility of playing with his cousin.

The rumor floating around is that you made a commitment to Miami University. Is that correct?
Yes, sir.

What factors came into play when making that decision?
I love the coaching staff and the opportunity I will have there at Miami; It's an all around great place.

What other schools were you considering when you made your decision?
West Virginia and Kentucky.

Those are BCS conference schools. What put Miami ahead of them?
They hadn't offered me yet.

So why not wait it out?
I heard a rumor that schools like Michigan have a lot of linemen they can't take, so schools like West Virginia and Kentucky will fill out with them. Plus, I just wanted to get it over with. I felt Miami was a good place for me, and I really like it there.

What kind of things do you bring in your own game that will help Miami?
My pass blocking ability. I'm a great pass blocker. People also say I'm great at run blocking. So I just think I will help the offensive line by helping movement, and stopping the pass rush.

Is there you would like to improve on, or the Miami coaching staff has asked you to work on?
Right now I'm just trying to get healthy. I hurt my ankle pretty bad in a scrimmage, and I haven't been 100% all year. But, I'm getting better so I can work on my speed and strength.

Your cousin Kenny Veal is a highly recruited running back, who is also being recruited by Miami. Will your decision have any effect on him, or is your recruitment totally separate from his?
Veal and I are going to try to go to the same college. I'm trying my hardest to get him to become a Miami man. I talk to him every day about how good Miami can be for us, and how we would fit in down there. So, I hope he comes over to my side.

Any indication on which way he's leaning?
I don't think so. He doesn't really know what he wants to do yet.


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