Manges plays at Rowlett High School in Texas. He said he's had a Wake Forest offer since the spring and was impressed with what the coaches had to say to him.
"I want to say [the offer] came in March," Manges said. "My recruiter is Coach Duffie. We talk all the time. Coach Lobo came to my school in the spring to watch me play. He told me a lot about the program and what they wanted to do with me in the offense. I'd be a hybrid tight end-wide receiver playing all over the field. I liked how involved I would be in the offense. I'd be doing a lot more than I do at my high school where I'm blocking a good amount of the time."
The 2011 season was Manges second as a starter for the Rowlett Eagles. The team went 8-5 and to the third round of the playoffs in Texas 5A Division II Region II.
"It was a consistent season," he said. "If I wasn't catching passes I was making key blocks to spring my running back for touchdowns. I averaged 15 yards-per-catch and 10 yards-after-the-catch. This year I'm working on becoming an even better blocker and improving more on my route running. My goal is to get all-State and help our team get further than the third round of the playoffs."
At Rowlett, Manges ran the 300 meter hurdles this spring. His best 40 yard dash time is a 4.57. So far during the recruiting process, he has only taken on unofficial visit to the University of Iowa, his grandparents' Alma mater, in June.