Joe Manning - Ready for visits/Ready for a coach

You are watching the bowl games, maybe watching some NFL playoff games, wondering about your team's chances or lamenting that they haven't made it to this point. Some are just done with football games. No, not college or even pro, but high school. Yes, for some of the elite in the country, there's still a matter of those all-star games, the California/Florida bowl amongst the biggest. DB, Joe Manning just returned from there.

Joe Manning just got back from the prestigious, California/Florida bowl. A game where the best from the South this year bested the best from the west, 24-22. The game though was only part of the experience for Manning, as you might expect. "It was just a chance to go against some of the best and see just where you are at." Joe said. "Until you hit college, this is probably the best you will face, so it's fun to see how good you can do."

And how did Joe do?

"I did good." he said. "I had a couple of big plays."

Accompanying Joe were quite a few teammates as LB, Rodney Gallon, DE, Matt Owens, OL, Danny Muy, OL, Calvin Darity and Kicker, Jesse Hartley all made the trip west for the game.

Joe did have to admit about the trip though, that it wasn't exactly what he thought it would be, especially at the beginning. "It was like boot camp for the first two days." Joe said. "We actually had two-a--days before we got into regular practices."

The end result seems to have been well worth it for Manning, Florida now having the bragging rights for the season.

So, now that Joe is back, what's going on with him? Well, as you might expect with just about a month until signing day, he's getting ready to make some official visits. Joe has already been to Syracuse and Nebraska, so the three he has left are Auburn (9th), Tennessee (23rd) and Florida State(30th).

One of the bigger questions concerning Manning was the position he took in regards to the Nebraska Cornhuskers after his official visit there. With so much time to think about how it went, what he said in regards to the interim head coach, Bo Pelini, you wonder if Manning has cooled on NU by now. "No, not at all, but right now, Nebraska stands to lose a lot of recruits if Bo isn't the head coach." Manning stated. "We (him and his Lincoln high teammates) have developed a good relationship with coach Pelini and unless it's some big name guy like Steve Spurrier, I don't want to get to know someone new."

With time narrowing as to when his decision will come if a coach for Nebraska isn't named right away, Joe said he was still willing to give it yet more time. "I can wait maybe up until signing day, but I would think they'd have something done by then." he said. "If it's coach Pelini, great, if not, well, Nebraska's going to lose out on some big-timers."

Steve Ryan can be reached at or 402-730-5619

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