NEW: Ex-Michigan assistant Roy Manning to WSU

JUST FOUR DAYS after announcing the hire of defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, Mike Leach made another big move late Saturday evening by hiring former Michigan assistant coach Roy Manning. Manning, who will coach the outside linebackers at WSU, began his coaching career in 2010 and is known to be one heck of a recruiter.

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed with CF.C that Manning will be the new outside linebackers coach for the Cougars in 2015. The news was first reported late Saturday evening by Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans.

Manning graduated from Michigan in 2004 and went on to play three seasons in the NFL. The new Cougar assistant had stints with Green Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Buffalo and Cincinnati during his professional playing days.

Following his NFL career, Manning began his collegiate coaching career in 2010 at Cincinnati as a defensive assistant. After taking an offensive assistant position with Michigan the following season, he returned to Cincinnati to be the school's running backs coach in 2012.

In March of 2013, though, Manning was offered the linebackers coach job back at his alma mater and returned to Ann Arbor. The next season, he coached the corners. When former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh took the same position at Michigan in 2015, though, Manning was not retained.

MANNING REPLACES FORMER WSU outside linebackers coach Paul Volero, who was dismissed by head coach Mike Leach shortly after the Apple Cup. If there's one thing that stands out about Manning, it's his ability to recruit.

The 33-year old handled the east coast for the Wolverines, focusing on Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and New Jersey, according to Michigan Live. It is unclear which areas Manning will take over for the Cougs, but you can expect his experience of the game to help out WSU's recruiting efforts immediately.

"I'm a firm believer if you can recruit, you can recruit anywhere," Manning told Michigan Live shortly after he was hired by the Wolverines as CB coach. "I feel like I can connect with those kids a little different than some coaches can, be it my age or whatever the case may be. I think kids listen to me, and that's probably more so because I've played, and played in the NFL."

Scout.com Midwest Recruiting Manager Allen Trieu, who is quite familiar with Manning's recruiting work, told CF.C Sunday morning this is a strong hire by the WSU staff.

"I think a big endorsement for Roy is that a lot of Michigan fans and high school coaches in the area are sad to see him go," Trieu said. "He had established himself as a young, hard-working coach and recruiter. He was well-liked by the recruits and coaches he dealt with and I think he's a tremendous addition for Washington State. He's definitely a young coach whose career trajectory is headed upwards."

Here's a video of Manning mic'd up at a Michigan practice last season.



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