Signee Capsule: Jeffrey Manning

Time to breakdown the film of defensive back signee Jeffrey Manning, who signed his letter of intent to play for Oregon State earlier in the month.

BIO:

Jeffrey Manning Jr. is a defensive back out of Los Angeles’ Cathedral High School. Manning is listed at 6’1 and 195 pounds, and can play either corner or safety at the collegiate level. Rated a 3* CB by Scout, he was also the 57th best in the nation, 15th in the West region and 12th in California. Helped lead Cathedral to an 11-1 record this past fall, falling to Rancho Verde in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs. Had attended Bellflower High School prior to his senior year.

LEAD OSU RECRUITER:

Brent Brennan – Area (Prior to leaving for SJSU)

John Rushing – Position

Cory Hall – Position/Area

RECRUITMENT:

Manning committed to the Beavers a couple weeks after taking his official visit to Corvallis back in October. He had originally pledged to UCLA last June but decommitted at the end of July due to increased interest from other programs and the Bruins continuing to recruit other defensive backs en masse. In addition to seeing OSU defeat Cal, he tripped to Utah earlier in the fall and had visits set up for Washington State and San Diego State before committing, both of which he cancelled.  Throughout the recruiting process, Manning had amassed offers from Wyoming, Washington State, Utah State, Utah, UNLV, UCLA, Southern Utah, San Jose State, SDSU, New Mexico, Nevada, Montana State, Iowa State, Hawaii, BYU and Boise State. Florida Atlantic offered in January after Lane Kiffin took over the program but they were never under consideration as Manning was firm in his pledge to the Beavers. 

WHY OREGON STATE:

“I fell in love with school on my visit and was able to build a great relationship with the coaching staff. In the end, it felt like home.”

EVALUATION:

Extremely versatile athlete that could play either corner or safety at the collegiate level, but will start off at safety… Could have a solid future playing in nickel packages as he shows good coverage skills and willingness to step up to stop run… Reads pass/run well… Long armed, smooth transition and fluid hips… Reads the field well, rarely caught out of position…

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT:

Following Manning’s commitment to Oregon State, he was arguably the most vocal member of the 2017 class on social media, constantly interacting with other recruits to get them to join him in Corvallis. His contact with other recruits was not limited to just social media however, as he was personally connected to a number of both signees and recruits that ended up elsewhere including Isaiah Hodgins, Arex Flemings, Hunter Echols, Trajon Cotton, Bruce Judson, Isaiah Dunn, Tayari Venable, Aidan Willard, Jamire Calvin, Dionte Sykes, Charles Moku-Watson, and Aaron Short, to name a few. Manning, much like Luton, understands the importance if peer-to-peer recruiting and how influential it can be especially to younger players, which is why he has already started to engage with a number of 2018 prospects. Not only did the Beavers get a future ace recruiter in the fold, he can also play a little football. Choosing the Beavers over 17 other known offers makes Manning one of the highest targeted prospects to sign with OSU this cycle.


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