Mannion Has Great Time At UCLA

Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill quarterback Sean Mannion enjoyed his camp experience in Westwood last weekend and the Bruins are among his list of favorites with two other Pac-10 schools...

Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill quarterback Sean Mannion (6-5, 205), a top 40 quarterback nationally, is still waiting for that elusive first offer, but he's doing everything he can to put himself in front of college coaches.

Two weeks ago, Mannion threw at San Jose State's 1-Day Camp and last weekend it was Los Angeles for the UCLA Camp.

"The UCLA camp went pretty well," said Mannion. "I think I did pretty well, just trying to make good throws. And I think I did that. That was my second camp, I went to San Jose State last Sunday and thought I did well there."

It was Mannion's second time down in Los Angeles, he had gone during the spring to watch football practice, but his first time throwing in front of the coaching staff.

"I felt all I could really do was go out and do my best and the rest will take care of itself," said Mannion. "Coach (Norm) Chow and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel,we worked pretty closely with them. It was a good experience working close with them. With Coach Chow, just being out there with him for a few hours, it was a great opportunity. He's a great coach and it was great to work under his watch for a little bit."

The next two weekends will have Mannion throwing at two Northwest schools and possibly one more in NorCal.

"I'm going to Oregon State next weekend and then I'm going to Washington State in a couple of weeks and then I think Sac State in a couple weeks after that," said Mannion.

The three Pac-10 schools are heading the list for Mannion.

"If I had to pick three favorites right now, UCLA, Oregon State and Washington State, would be them," said Mannion. "All the other schools I'm very interested in, by no means does that mean I'm not interested in other schools, I'd very much like to play at any school. But I like those three schools a lot."

Mannion knows quarterback recruiting is different then most positions and he's taking that in stride.

"Yeah, definitely it's different," said Mannion. "All the coaches keep telling me, quarterbacks usually take the longest to recruit. You only get usually one quarterback every year. I understand why it's taking long but I know it will work itself out."

Mannion plays for his father, the head coach at Foothill, and his dad has had several players be recruited over the years.

"I think my dad has kind of been helpful in this," said Mannion. "He said all you can really do is your best and what you can control. So that's what I'm trying to do. Hopefully an offer will be coming. I can't control when an offer is coming, but I can control what I do in a performance. He's been through this and seen it as a coach, and he's seeing at as a parent, so it's been a great experience for us."

And Mannion is enjoying every bit of the process.

"It's definitely been cool because I've gotten to meet a lot of new coaches and I've liked the experience as a whole," said Mannion.

Mannion said he'd like to squeeze a few visits in during the summer or in the fall before he makes a decision.

"I'd definitely want to take some visits," said Mannion. "The big thing is I don't want to rush it. This is a big decision, where you're going to spend your whole college life. If I can make a decision before the season starts, that would be good. The big thing for me is I don't want to rush anything. I'm really open to anything right now. I haven't heard from any schools on the east coast, but I'm really open to anything at this point."

Academically, Mannion is in fine shape, as he has a 3.5 GPA and scored a 1620 on the SAT.

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.


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