Signing Day Capsule: Mario Manningham

<p>The Michigan Wolverines were able to pluck one of the gems from the state of Ohio when they secured a commitment from star receiver, <strong>Mario Manningham</strong>. This explosive playmaker was the source of a number of highlights during his high school career and hopes to do the same in Ann Arbor. <strong>Video Included</strong>.</p>

Mario Manningham
Wide Receiver
Warren G. Harding HS
(Warren, OH)
NR: ****
Position Rank: 7 Profile link:
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His Recruiting Story:
Dubbed "Super Mario" by those that follow Ohio High School football, this dynamic receiver has been dazzling onlookers since his freshman campaign. Considered by most to be one of the top 3 players in Ohio, he was an early priority for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Despite their strong interest, he spurned his home state school and decided to pledge to Michigan in early February 2004. His close friendship with current Michigan player Prescott Burgess and his long time affection for the Maize and Blue were both significant factors in his decision.

One of Manningham's former coaches at Harding, Rob Andrews (current defensive backs coach for the famed Cleveland Glenville…where Ted Ginn went to school), spoke to GBW about his former player after the receiver made his commitment. “He’s incredible," Andrews exclaimed! "He’s six-foot, between 175 and 180 pounds, and VERY quick. Plus, he doesn’t drop balls. He’s the type of receiver that as a coach what scares you is if you isolate on him out there and they throw the ball up for him, he’s going to go get it. He’s going to make a play on it. What makes him even more dangerous is he has great speed and can make the moves after the catch."

Coach and player met on the field again this season when Harding and Glenville locked horns in an early fall match-up. The game pitted Manningham against the #1 player in the state and the then #1 cornerback in the country, Ohio State commitment, Jamario O'Neal. In what spectators called one of the most memorable performances they had ever witnessed, Manningham abused the future Buckeye with 7 catches for 255 yards and 4 touchdowns! The future Wolverine scored the game-winning touchdown in a 30-26 come from behind victory.

GoBlueWolverine Commentary:
Manningham is a dynamic receiver that will fit in perfectly with Michigan's West Coast style passing game. He is a wideout with true run-after-the-catch skills. He pairs terrific moves with great speed and is capable of breaking a long play at anytime. He can also go up and get jump balls. That said, he needs to get bigger and stronger. When that is factored in with Michigan's receiver depth, it becomes questionable whether he'll see the field next year. That, however, does not diminish the outlook for his future. Manningham definitely has the potential to be a game changer.

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