"I learned that North Carolina is going to be better with Butch Davis coming in. At first, it was like ‘They got a new coach; they're not going to be good.' But, Carolina really is going to be a team to watch out for because they have a big timer [at head coach]."
The visit has increased North Carolina's stock in Manning's eyes.
"I like Carolina," said Manning. "At first, I just felt like they just kind of fell back with their recruitment [of me]. But there's no reason why I couldn't have them in my list of my favorite schools.
"I don't have any favorites, [right now]. But whenever I do make a list, I'm pretty sure they're going to be on there."
Manning, who has over ten scholarship offers, hopes to establish a list of five favorites by the end of the month. He says Florida, N.C. State, and South Carolina are locks to make the cut.
"I'm looking for academics, a chance to be able to play, and I want to be around good people," said Manning.
Manning said he will make a verbal commitment before the start of his senior football season.
If everything works out academically, Manning plans to enroll at his chosen school in January.
During Saturday's stay, Manning, who was hosted by primary recruiter Tommy Thigpen, spoke with members of the academic support staff and met assistant coach John Blake. However, the majority of his time was spent talking to and getting to know Thigpen.
"Basically, he just told me that me being a mid-year guy I'll probably be able to fight for early playing time," said Manning.
"And he said I have a real strong mind whenever it came to football. Most of the schemes they're going to be running [the linebackers] really got to be able to think and use instincts at the same time. And they said I should be one of those guys that's going to be able to do that."
Manning doesn't have any visits coming up, but said he plans to attend plenty of one-day camps this summer. Clemson is the only camp that he's booked for thus far.