After committing to NC State last summer over offers from Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, and Alabama among others, Manning entered his senior season with high expectations.
Regarded as the top in-state player in the 2008 class, he posted an astounding 219 tackles for Laurinburg (NC) Scotland County before tearing his ACL in the state playoffs against East Burke. The injury ended his season and left him in a funk that put a strain on his academics.
"The injury was tough on me," said Manning. "I'd never been hurt that bad before and it kind of set me back physically and emotionally.
"Whenever I got hurt I fell behind some on my grades because it was a life-altering thing for me. The State coaches were there though to keep telling me to push myself and now I'm in good shape."
Academically, Manning now states that he's good to go after talking with his guidance counselor and the NC State coaches following his graduation.
"I'll be leaving to go up to NC State right around July 7th," said Manning. "I got the grades I needed to finish out the year. I finished with two A's and two B's and made the AB Honor Roll."
With his injury, Manning believes that he will definitely redshirt this upcoming season, but he will go in with the mindset of working to get in the best shape possible.
|"The State coaches were there though."|
"I actually started doing more running now," he said. "With my knee being like it is, I've got out of shape so I'm trying to work my way back.
"I'm definitely going to redshirt because that is the plan. I'm really needing it right now too because I'm not in the shape I need to be. I'm out of shape and my knee is not all the way back, but when I go up to State I'm working to get ready to play. You never know what might happen at that position... as everybody knows we are short on linebackers so I'm going to prepare to play."
Undecided on a major, Manning says that he plans on rooming with three other in-state prep standouts: Tobias Palmer, Earl Wolff, and Brandon Barnes. Manning and Wolff, who attended Raeford (NC) Hoke County High School which is minutes away from Laurinburg, have become really good friends.
"The way it's looking I'll be living with Tobias [Palmer], Brandon Barnes, and my man Earl [Wolff]," said Manning. "I'm real tight with Earl. At first we started off as enemies being right here around each other at different schools, but after both of us committed to State we went from being enemies to brothers. It's amazing."
Manning would also like to see one of his former teammates join him in Raleigh. Scotland County athlete Damonte Terry is being recruited by NC State and a host of other ACC programs.
"Damonte is taking everything slowly," said Manning. "He's actually here at my house right now. I don't know what he wants to do with a college, but I know he wants to commit before the season starts.
"I know he saw how I went about making my decision, and I think he's going to do it like that. It depends on him... he's going to make the right decision for him. If he wants to come to NC State it's going to be because it's the best fit for him. All through high school that's what we were taught to do... pick the school right for us. We'll always be tight."
|"Manning has a great burst to the ball."|
Scouting Report #1: "Several things jump out at you when watching Manning play. First, he is a very aggressive player. At times, Manning gets too aggressive and his fundamentals break down. When he does connect he is a big hitter. Second, Manning has a great burst to the ball. Once he recognizes and reacts he certainly gets to the ball in a hurry.
"As well as Manning plays when he has to chase things he is perhaps at his best when things come his way. He sheds blocks nicely and fills the hole very quickly. Overall, Manning has very nice upside at the WILL linebacker spot. He's versatile, tough, fast and aggressive and plays the run well." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Jamie Newberg
Scouting Report #2: "(Manning has) excellent makeup speed, good hands in traffic, and strong hands. He plays much bigger than his listed weight of 205 pounds, but seeing him in person it is about right.
"Manning is very productive and plays all three linebacker positions for one of the top teams in the state of North Carolina. Overall, a great athlete who is not too stiff and plays well in space. Tremendous burst to the ball, and sifts through gaps as well as anybody. —Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
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