It was a big offer from defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin for Manning, who long called the Bruins his dream school. So it took him just a few days to make his decision, and Manning committed to the Bruins on Wednesday night.
"I picked UCLA because of the rich tradition and how much of a good relationship Coach Meat (Martin) and I have," said Manning.
Manning had just one offer at the end of April, from Montana State, but the evaluation period saw his stock soar, and he ended up with nearly 20 offers.
But the offer from the Bruins was the big one, Manning earning it after the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Los Angeles last weekend.
He was planning to announce his commitment on Friday at the Bruin Elite Camp, but a passing league event for his school pushed it up. And the opportunity to play for Martin was too good to pass up.
"Coach Meat showed that he truly did want to help coach me and make me not only a better football player but also can help mature me as a young man," said Manning.
Manning said Westwood is the spot for him and the program is where he wanted to be.
"The Bruins are like a family and, honestly I feel right at home," said Manning.
He is a three-star prospect and the No. 10 corner in the West and is UCLA's fourth known commitment in the 2017 class.
"Manning has a safety frame but corner skill set," said national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. "He's a big kid who can run and has good ball skills and is a high-ceiling prospect."