Junior Profile - Steve Manning

Steve Manning is a 6-3, 190-pound athlete from Puyallup (Wash.) Emerald Ridge who plays receiver and linebacker for the Jaguars. With legitimate 4.5 speed, he'll be one of the top two-way performers to watch for this fall.

"I think I block well and can go after the long ball," Manning told Dawgman.com about his strengths offensively. He caught 427 yards worth of receptions for Emerald Ridge and scored twice for the Jaguars. He caught passes at nearly 16 yards per catch last season.

Besides his 40 time, Steve has a 30-inch vertical jump, 240-pound bench, 325-pound squat and a 225-pound power clean to his credit.

When it comes to his play on the field, Manning definitely is in the 'lead by example' group. "I have my moments where I'm loud and can get riled up, but for the most part I'm pretty quiet and focused," he said.

It hasn't been easy for Manning and the Jaguars to build success for the fledgling high school, but expectations are higher for Emerald Ridge than ever before. "Our number one goal is to win more games," Steve said. "Being a three-year school we just aren't that good yet. 2-7 My goal is to get in the weight room and get stronger. I also need to get quicker. I pulled my hammy a few weeks ago, so that's not helping."

Correspondence in the form of colleges sending letters has been constant for Manning. "I'm getting tons of letters," he said. "Miami, Washington, Oklahoma are a few of the top schools."

Does Steve have a preference as to what he wants to do? "It would be nice to stay close, but I'll go anywhere where I can get a scholarship," he said. "That's the main thing."

Manning did get a chance to check out the local school up close and personal after accepting an invitation to attend Washington's Junior Day. "I already knew a lot about what was at Washington," he said. "I went to their camp last year. It was mostly to show them what I've got. I went to four games last year. Those games were awesome. It's just so much bigger than high school."

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