"Two weeks ago, I went to Washington State and Oregon State and I got to meet coaches, watch their practices and they showed me around," said Mannion. "Last week, my dad and I went to San Diego State and UCLA, and walked around the campuses, watched practice and saw the coaches. Those are the only four schools I've seen so far, but I'm going to visit a few more. Maybe Cal or San Jose State. I'm playing baseball, so its getting kind of busy, but I'm definitely going to try and get to a few more."
While Mannion doesn't have his first offer yet, the feedback he's gotten has been positive.
"I haven't gotten any offers yet, but all the coaches have been saying the same thing," said Mannion. "They say that every year, you're going to recruit a couple offensive linemen, a couple receivers but only one quarterback so it takes longer to recruit a quarterback. All the coaches have been saying that they are going to come watch me throw."
Mannion said two in-state schools have been in the most contact with him, and it's the two he visited last week.
"UCLA has been sending me a lot of letters, same with San Diego State," said Mannion. "Pretty much all of the schools have been sending me letters, but UCLA and San Diego State have been the most. When I was at UCLA, I met with Angus McClure, Norm Chow and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel. San Diego State was cool because I got to hang out with Rob Andrews (former Foothill teammate now at San Diego State)."
Mannion is planning on camping at both San Diego State and UCLA during the summer, just two of what he's planning for a busy camp schedule.
Mannion is taking the recruiting process in stride, hopeful for his first offer, but not worrying about the wait.
"I'm pretty confident I'll get an offer at some point," said Mannion. "When and from who, I have no real idea. If I get some offers before my season starts, which would be ideal, it would be good to make my choice prior to the season, so that's one thing I kind of don't have to worry about. So far, it's all been a great experience. I can't really rank the schools. I'd be happy to go anywhere. At this point, I just want to play somewhere where it would be a good experience."
Mannion plays in the toughest league in Northern California, the EBAL, which boasts De La Salle, Danville Monte Vista and Danville San Ramon Valley. Last year, he, Brett Nottingham of Monte Vista and Joe Southwick of San Ramon Valley, a Boise State signee, gave them one of their best quarterback groups in years.
"The EBAL is tough but we have some great quarterbacks in this league. I'm friends with those guys and it's fun to bring some good attention to our league," said Mannion.
As a junior, he threw for 2,608 yards (167-of-307 passing) and 23 touchdowns to eight interceptions and rushed for three scores as while helping Foothill to the CIF-NCS D-I semifinals.
Academically, he has a 3.5 GPA and scored a 1620 on the SAT.