Similarly, Manning, a product of Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County, attended the Tar Heels' Junior Day, where his previous trips to Chapel Hill allowed him to skip the normal visitors routine of tours and such.
"We got there about 2 [o'clock] and then I stayed for the whole Duke-North Carolina [basketball] game," said Manning. "We met up with my head coach [Mark Barnes] and another player from Scotland [Adrian Jones] and we met a whole bunch of players that had already signed with Carolina. Basically we just sat there and just talked to each other."
During each visit, the UNC staff has never failed to roll out the red carpet for Manning.
"Every time I go there they always treat me the same," said Manning. "They always treat me just like a big time player and they let me know they really want me to be a part of their program. I go there I have a good time and I always come up feeling real positive about Carolina."
While each campus trip increases Manning's knowledge for the university and football program, it doesn't necessary bestow an advantage.
"The more I go to a school the more I find out about their school," said Manning. "But it doesn't mean it's going put it ahead of a school that I haven't seen a lot. For me, North Carolina and N.C. State, it's more convenient for me to go there [because of their proximity]."
Not surprisingly, Manning is still approaching his recruitment with an open mind.
"[Favorites] are still the same -- everybody's good with me," said Manning.
Manning will unofficially visit Tennessee on March 31st and Clemson on April 14th. Also, he hopes to sneak in trips to both Florida and Alabama before the end of spring.