Manu Talks About Decision To Become A Dawg

Highland (Pocatello, Id.) LB Kyler Manu had been committed to Boise State for close to five months, but over this past weekend, the talented linebacker decided he wanted to make a switch and he flipped to the University of Washington after considering everything that the school and program have to offer...

"It was on Saturday night and I just decided that I wanted to commit to (Washington)," Manu told late Monday night. "I called coach (Bob) Gregory and told him and he was really fired up and yelling and he was with coach (Chris) Petersen and I got on the phone with him and he was really excited and said that I made their day."

Manu committed to Boise State back in April and had a gret relationship with his position coach there, so he had a tough phone call to make to break the news.

"I have nothing but respect for coach (Andy) Avalos so it was a really tough phone call to make to him, but I felt like I needed to tell him for myself," Manu said. "I love the staff there and the program there is great, but I just felt like Washington was where I wanted to be and so I had to make the decision that was best for me."

Manu was effusive in his praise of the Husky coaching staff and the program in general and he said when he visited Seattle a couple of weeks ago, that pretty much sealed the deal for him.

"I love coach (Chris) Peterson and what he's doing there," Manu noted. "I talked to some of the players and they said the mindset there is so different from the old staff and how everything they do is so different.

"I also liked the depth chart at linebacker and I feel like I can make an early impact there and another thing that was big was the chance to play for a National Championship. I feel that is where Washington is headed.

"Also, the Polynesian community there is amazing and you get a lot of support there and I liked the idea of being around a lot of Poly players."

Many was named First Team All-State, First Team All-District and District Defensive Player of the Year after helping to his team to an 11-1 record and a berth in the State 5A Championship Game as a junior.

"I've put on some weight since I finished up my junior year," Manu said. "I'm 6'1" and 220 pounds and I play the WIL (weakside linebacker) spot in our defense.

"The (Washington) coaches said they like me at either outside spot, so they just said to be ready when I get there."

When Manu will get to Seattle is still a bit up int he air as he's completed a lot of his required credits and could be in line to be an early entry into college to get a jump start on his Husky career.

"It's something we're definitely looking into because it would let me get there for spring ball," Manu acknowledged. "I've got a lot of my requirements done and so I just have to get all of my stuff submitted and see where I am. I want to do it, but I just have to make sure that's all in order before I can say if it will happen or not."

Manu and the rest of the Highland squad will begin their season on August 30th with a game against Orem (Ut.) at home.

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