The last two weeks were tough on Rutgers commit Solomon Manning, who wants to enroll early but never received the necessary paperwork from the old staff. His first meeting with Chris Ash gave Manning the information needed and confidence in the program's direction.
Manning and Ash discussed early enrollment, and he awaits information on this weekend's official visit before his status receives confirmation. Manning and Ash will be back in touch this evening for an in-home visit.
"He knows I'm enrolling early and he knows about the official visit that I'm taking this weekend as well," Manning said. "I really don't know for sure ... so I'm going to find out when I take my visit."
Like other prospects with which Ash met, Manning expects major changes with the coaching staff and behind-the-scenes workers at Rutgers.
"The impression that he left me with is that we're getting a whole new coaching staff and that's it," Manning said. "I think we're getting a different coaching staff, a different strength and conditioning coach, everything. That's the impression he left me with when we talked."
Ash projectd Manning as a strongside linebacker but wants him on special teams first. Colonia legend Eric LeGrand follwed a similar path at Rutgers before he ultimed settled in as an impact defensive tackle.
"He's a 4-3 guy but he has to look at his personnel to see what he has," Manning said. "His preference is the 4-3. He sees me playing outside, probably on the strong side of the field. Middle linebacker is my high school position but I'm good to play anything. Before I really see the field, he wants to see me on special teams."
"He knows what it takes to get the program turned around and I'm pretty confident in what he'll bring to the table," Manning said. "I got to talk to him about why I love Rutgers and why I picked them with the other offers I had. Then we just talked a lot about my role and my work ethic and stuff like that. He's going to turn the program around and I have to be ready for a hard offseason."