ACC Schools are High on Manley

NC State is one of a few schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference that is in hot pursuit of Alpharetta (GA) Milton defensive lineman Josh Manley. Pack Pride has the latest on his recruitment.

NC State is one of a few schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference that is in hot pursuit of Georgia defensive lineman Josh Manley.

Although Manley, a 6-3, 245-pound defensive end from Alpharetta (GA) Milton, has had more contact with some other schools than NC State, the Wolfpack has offered him a scholarship and made it clear that they would love for him to be a part of their recruiting class.

Earlier in the process Manley said his favorite was Stanford. They haven't offered, but Georgia Tech has, and so the Yellow Jackets - being the local school - took over the top spot on his list. Is that still where things stand?

"I really don't have a favorite right now," Manley told Pack Pride.

What about NC State?

"I haven't had as much contact with NC State as with some other schools but I still get letters from them. Actually I got a few (letters) from them the other day.

"I had a cousin that went to NC State so I've got to talk to him more about the school. Other than that I don't know too much yet."

Manley's Milton team is just 1-3 on the season but all of those games have been outside the region, so while the losses hurt they don't have a bearing on whether Milton will be eligible for the playoffs at the end of the year. Their last two games were close so Manley feels like they're moving in the right direction.

"Being a team player I feel bad if the team loses, but watching the film I see myself doing some good things," he said. "I think this last game was really good for me.

"I've been playing defensive tackle and nose tackle this year. In previous years I played defensive end. Freshman year I was in the first string rotation for varsity and I was a defensive tackle then. My sophomore and junior year I was at end so I've been playing inside and outside."

While Manley denies having favorites he knows that at some point he will have to start narrowing things down.

"I'm still pretty wide open. I've been trying to narrow it down to a top eight or ten out of the 14 offers I do have. I'm also trying to make sure I choose the right school for me. I don't want to verbal somewhere and then have another school come up that might be better. When I commit I want to be 100-percent.

"I'm just playing it by ear now. I haven't really focused on the list too much largely. I've been focused on the season. My senior season is more important than putting a list together."

Unofficially Manley has visited Georgia (who is not recruiting him), Georgia Tech, Auburn and Central Florida.

"I haven't decided on officials yet," he added. "I'm thinking of maybe taking my officials to the (schools) that are far away from home because that would be easier.

"First and foremost I'm looking for a great school itself. I want to go to a good academic school. I want to go to a school that has a lot of good history, a good sports history. I love that. I'd like to help build on something like that. Those are the two biggest factors for me."

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