One of the top defensive backs in Southern California for the class of 2017, Jeffrey Manning has already had an eventful recruitment. He committed to and decommitted from UCLA, and has since opened up his recruitment to a number of other schools in the Pac-12. He spent this past weekend on an official visit to Utah.
“It was a great experience and a great atmosphere. Salt Lake City is an amazing place, I was really surprised at how great it was,” Manning said.
Not only was Manning impressed by the city itself, but the game was also something that caught his attention. “Utah has a great, competitive team and they proved it in that game. Watching the defense, they are very, very impressive honestly, and I think I’d fit perfectly, playing corner or safety,” he explained.
Utah has been recruiting Manning pretty hard. Even while he was committed to UCLA, the Ute staff stayed in contact with him regularly. Coach Shah & Coach Scalley have worked hard recruiting & developing their relationship with Manning. “I have a great relationship with those two,” he said. “They’ve really spent the time getting to know me as a person, and I really like that about them. They see me as an all-around DB, meaning I can be a versatile piece in their defense, which I like too.”
Not only has the staff created a strong relationship with Manning, but they’ve also created a bond between two other defensive backs, Nick Pickett & Darren Hall. The famed #California3 is something that certainly interests Manning, but it's not a primary driver for his college decision. “Just being able to play college ball is a blessing,” he said. “But having that opportunity to play with Darren & Nick would be great. It was great spending the weekend with them and we definitely talked about it the entire trip.”
Although there wasn’t a commitment during the trip, the Utes look to be in very good shape with Manning. He has the skills and physical traits the staff looks for in their defensive backs, and he believes the staff will continue to make him a priority. Manning's future plans include visits to both Oregon State and Washington State. Manning does plan on using all five of his official visits before making a final decision.