CB Manning Ready for Notre Dame Visit

One of the many prospects set to make an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend is Miami Central High cornerback Donaldven Manning, who is committed to Virginia Tech. He spoke to IrishEyes.com about his reason for visiting Notre Dame, and what he hopes to see.

Miami Central High cornerback Donaldven Manning is committed to Virginia Tech and already made his official visit to Blacksburg, Va.

And while he believes he will wind up being a Hokie, there is a part of him needing to make sure, and a telling sign will come this weekend.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Manning will be on Notre Dame's campus for an official visit this weekend as the Irish host USC, and he said it is more than just a joy trip.

"I want to see if Notre Dame is the best place for me," he said. "I'm just looking at program, the athletics, the school, and making sure I'm weighing everything and make sure I do all my checking to see what the right school is for me."

Timing is something that played a factor in Manning's visit date. Miami Central plays rival Miami Carol City on Friday, and he will make the trip to South Bend, Ind., after the game.

"I just thought if I was going to visit Notre Dame, why not visit when they play the biggest game of year?" Manning said. "Visit when they play USC."

Manning has been watching the Irish off and on throughout the season, and one thing continues to stick out.

"I love (receiver) Michael Floyd," he said. "He plays big. He's not the quickest but he runs good routes, is very explosive and his vertical is outstanding. I see a lot of defensive backs have him covered but they can't match him when he goes vertical."

So, how would Manning play Floyd?

"I would play the hands," he said. "I wouldn't jump with him."

Manning's recruiter is Irish assistant Tony Alford, and the two have hit if off well.

"He brings a high level of energy," Manning said. "(Conversations) are very casual and he believes in winning championships. I feel comfortable and he gives me a relaxing feeling. Tony is a cool guy, very straight forward. He's a very truthful person."

Since Manning already visited Virginia Tech, the trip to Notre Dame will give him a reference point to compare schools.

"It was great," Manning said of the trip. "Virginia Tech is always great when I go up. It's different. I love the hills and everything about it. It's like a movie or something."

After the visit to Notre Dame, Manning added he may take one more.

"I might be setting up a Nebraska trip, but I'm not sure," he said.

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