Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral defensive back Jeffrey Manning visited Oregon State earlier this month and watched the Beavers beat Cal in overtime. After the visit Manning had nothing, but praise regarding his visit, but wanted to take his time to make sure he was making the right decision.
Monday morning he decided it was "perfect timing" to commit to Coach Andersen and the Beavers.
In Manning, the Beavers are getting a versatile defensive back who at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds can play both safety and corner. The Beavers currently have him penciled in at safety, however things can always change.
"I loved everything about the visit," Manning told Scout's Greg Biggins after his visit. "My favorite part of the trip was being able to experience Corvallis and see the positive direction the program is going in. The game atmosphere was great, it was a lot like how it was at Utah and I enjoyed watching the defense and see how I would fit in.
"I think I could come in and compete for playing time as a true freshman. I like the coaching staff a lot and spent some quality time with both Coach Hall , who coaches corners and Coach Odum, who's the safeties coach. They like me as a safety right now and that's fine with me, I just want to play."
Manning is the second player from Cathedral to commit to Oregon State this year. The Beavers have also offered 4-star wide receiver Jamire Calvin who plans to make his decision at the Army All-American Game.