This past weekend, the three-star finally got the offer he had hoped for.
After working out in front of defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin for the second time in two weeks, Martin had seen enough and extended the offer to Manning.
"At the Sound Mind Sound Body camp, Coach Meat had another chance to evaluate me and see if I could do the little things," said Manning. "He wanted to see me stay on top of routes, no free releases, and challenge every ball coming my way. After that he pulled the trigger Saturday night."
The offer was a big one for Manning.
"The offer was huge and I'm still not over it," said Manning. "Honestly, it's just a dream come true to know I have the opportunity to play in the Rose Bowl for such a historic program."
Manning has said an offer from the Bruins could result in a quick decision and he'll be on campus this week for the UCLA Elite Camp on Friday.
And on Sunday evening, he said that he will announce his decision on Friday, and the Bruins are in a good spot.
Manning also camped at USC over the weekend and impressed the Trojan coaches.
"Coach (Ronnie) Bradford and Coach (Clay) Helton were very impressed and I could see an offer from the Trojans coming very soon," said Manning.
Both schools like Manning as a corner, though UCLA liked his position versatility.
"UCLA offered me as a DB in general. I could see Coach Meat having me be versatile and do both," said Manning. "At USC, I worked out at corner mainly and they seemed to be very impressed with my ball skills and being able to move with shifty receivers."
Aside from USC, Manning said Washington has picked things up and an offer could be close from them as well.