Part of the Cathedral triumvirate visiting Oregon State this weekend, Jeffrey Manning Jr. is entering the experience with different expectations than Jamire Calvin and Arex Flemings. Being a former UCLA commit, he is looking at things a little differently than Flemings, a Beavers commit, and Calvin, an uncommitted prospect.
“I’m looking for a place where I can feel comfortable and have a great chance to play as a freshman,” Manning told BeaverBlitz.
Manning released a top-6 in late August, following his decommitment, which consisted of San Diego State, Cal, Southern Cal, Washington State, Utah and OSU. The opportunity to play early might have factored into why he decommitted form UCLA as the Bruins at the time were still actively recruiting a number of other corner backs.
Having already taken a trip to Salt Lake City to see the Utes play against BYU, Manning called the trip “amazing and definitely a great experience.” He currently doesn’t have any additional trips planned.
As for Oregon State, Manning admits that he and Arex have had discussions in regards to the possibility of playing together at Oregon State.
“With Arex being committed to OSU, we have talked here and there about what it would be like to possibly play together at the next level,” he said. “But for right now, I’m just looking forward to a having a fun experience and a chance to continue to build my bond with the coaching staff. Right now, Coach K (Coach Chad Kauha’aha’a) is my primary recruiter so I’m looking forward to bonding with the rest of the staff.”
Stay with BeaverBlitz for updates throughout the weekend as the Beavers take on the Golden Bears in Reser Stadium and host a bevy of athletes on official visits.