Manaea says Cougs on top, talks WSU Jr. Day

THREE STAR safety prospect Ma'ne Manaea out of Lakewood, Wash. talks about his WSU junior day experience, picking up his first offer and if the Cougars are his No. 1...

Lakes High safety Ma'ne Manaea attended Washington State's junior day this past weekend and came away with some great news.

"It feels really good, they offered me" said Manaea. "Coach (Dave) Miller had told me they were interested and it could happen."

"I went over for junior day and knew something was up when every coach came up and introduced themselves to me," said Manaea. "Later when things had settled down they came over again and that is when I knew I had the offer."

Manaea is an athletic prospect that has been a bit under the radar due to an injury shortened junior season. The junior suffered a severe concussion that forced him to miss all but four of the Lancers games.

Manaea, who is being recruited as a safety, talked about his initial impressions of Pullman.

"This was my first time over to Washington State," said Manaea. "I thought it was going to be a boring town, but after seeing it I think of it as a football town. The coaches told us what it is like on game day and it sounded cool."

Manaea is relentless, both on and off the field, and while he is relieved to have his first offer don't count on him taking it easy.

"It is a weight off my shoulders," said Manaea. "To get that first offer feels really good, now I just have to keep working to get better and hopefully get more offers."

Coming into the weekend the junior favored the Washington Huskies. However, the Cougar offer seems to have switched the interest in this off-season Apple Cup battle.

"WSU is my number one right now," said Manaea. "Coach (Paul) Wulff and I didn't get to talk much, but we are gonna try and get in touch soon."

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