Top 2008 Linebacker Drawing Early Interest
The 6'2, 205 pound Manning, who played alongside South Carolina commitments Travian Robertson and Byron McKnight at Scotland High School this past season, talked about his successful junior campaign.
"Everything went great. Basically our defense did great all around," said Manning. "I didn't have to make all the plays, but I still had 130 tackles. Everything went great."
Manning's play has already caught the attention of several major programs around the southeast, and he currently holds four impressive scholarship offers.
"I have offers from Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, and South Carolina right now."
Manning, who is being recruited by Coach Fred Chatham for the Gamecocks, does not claim any favorites at this time, and he has not yet decided if he would like to make an early decision.
"I don't have any favorites right now. I wouldn't say that I'm really looking to commit early, but I‘m not going to say that I won‘t end up doing that. Depending on how I feel at a particular time, I just might end up doing that, but I don‘t know who it would be to."
While he currently holds no favorites, Manning is familiar with what South Carolina has to offer, as he made a few unofficial visits to USC with Robertson and McKnight last year.
"I've been down to Columbia a few times, and it looks pretty good there. I loved it. Everything seemed like they have a nice community, and I got to meet the coaches. Everything was good there."
Robertson enrolled at USC in January, but Manning has kept in touch with his former teammate, and he has been impressed with Robertson's early progress in Carolina's strength and conditioning program.
"I talked with Travian on the phone, and he said it was great there. He's gone down there and gained a lot of weight already. I think he weighs around 250 (pounds). He was telling me about the workouts, and if I can gain as much weight as that, then South Carolina wouldn't be a bad choice."
When asked to describe himself as a player, Manning stated that he can do it all on the gridiron.
"I don't ever give up on a play. I'm fearless, physical, competitive, and I'll hit you. I can almost handle anything that comes at me. If they try to run around me, I've got enough speed to catch them."
Manning closed by sharing what factors he will be looking for when making a decision on his college choice.
"I'm going to be looking at education, the football environment, and I'm going to be looking for a good chance to go to the next level after college. If anybody can offer that, then that's going to be my choice."
Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com for all the latest on this premier Tar Heel State prospect.
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