Rising DB Prospect Has UCLA as Dream School

May 18 -- There may not be a hotter defensive back prospect out west right now than Bellflower's (Calif.) Jeffrey Manning, and UCLA is his dream school...

Back in late April, defensive back Jeffrey Manning was sitting on a lone scholarship offer from Montana State.

Fast forward just a few weeks later and Manning now has 13 scholarship offers from multiple Pac-12 schools plus the Boise State BroncosBYU CougarsIowa State Cyclones and San Diego State Aztecs. Schools have been flooding by his campus and you can probably expect him to hit the 20+ offer mark before the summer hits.

Manning is definitely an intriguing kid with the ability to play multiple positions in college. He's a physical defensive back with great size at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and shows the versatility to play corner or safety, although he said he's primarily being recruited for corner at this time.


He also shows up well on film at receiver and shows the ability to make plays on the offensive side of the ball as well. We definitely like his upside in the secondary and where he ends up, corner or safety, will likely be determined by how much bigger he gets and if he can continue to improve his overall speed and athleticism.

He's an agressive kid who's strong in the run game and shows good ball skills so it's not surprisng at all to see his stock take off. Colleges love versatile athletes who can play multiple spots and Manning is a kid with a very nice upside for sure.

On the recruiting front, Manning landed offers No. 12 and 13 on Tuesday from Boise State and SDSU. 

"We've had over 20 schools come through since the eval period," Manning said. " UCLAUSC, Oregon State,  Utah,  Washington,  Arizona,  Boise State and New Mexico are just a few of the programs who have come through. It's all blessings right now, I'm very thankful for all the offers coming in.

"Coach Ambrose at Boise State was the first coach to come through so it was great to get that offer from them yesterday. Right now, of the schools who have offered, I have the best relationship with Coach Manning at Washington State, Coach McDonald from Iowa State and Coach Ambrose, I talk to those guys regularly."

Manning will visit Cal this weekend while in town for the Opening Regional Camp in Oakland and said he also wants to get out to UCLA, Oregon, Utah and Boise State.

"UCLA is the one camp I know I'll be going to and I have a great relationship with Coach Meat (Martin)," Manning said. "He said they like me a lot and just want to see me in person run around and work out before possibly offering. UCLA has been my dream school since pop warner and if they were to offer, I would probably jump on it.

I love the atmosphere there in Westwood but even if they don't offer, I still would like to make an early decision, sometime in the summer. I still want to take my visits in the fall though. I'm looking for a great atmosphere where I'll feel comfortable but also where my parents feel they can call home as well. I would love to play as a true freshman too if I can, that's what I'm working for."

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