Manley takes in Alabama schools

Joe Manley is one of Kentucky's best 2012 prospects. Not only are the in-state programs highly interested, there are a couple of the nation's best programs showing him interest.

Joe Manley is one of Kentucky's best 2012 prospects. Not only are the in-state programs highly interested, there are a couple of the nation's best programs showing him interest.

Bowling Green High (Ky.) is traditionally one of western Kentucky's best high school football programs. Joe Manley, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound tackle is in line to be the most highly recruited offensive lineman in the 2012 class if he keeps improving.

Only a junior, Manley has attention from in-state programs such as Kentucky and Louisville. But he's also hearing from UCLA and most recently spoke with both Auburn and Alabama.

"Auburn went extremely well," said Manley. "They want me to see what the game-day atmosphere is like. I got a personal tour of their dorms, game facilities and academic facilities. I also liked the way the offensive line coach was. He never really yelled, he just instructed and told you how to do everything. I would probably say they are my favorite as of right now," he continued.

And what about the Tigers' rival, Alabama?

"Bama was sweet. I met (Heisman winner) Mark Ingram," he said. "The weight coach is one of the most involved coaches with the academic portion of the athletes' progression through college. And the weight facilities are emaculate. They have the largest weight room. There are seven practice fields in their practice facility," he finished.

Manley talked about himself as a player in a previous interview with us. "My strength would be my pass blocking and pulling on plays such as straps and flips," he said. "I'd like to become better at reaching the second level such as the linebackers and safeties on run plays," he continued.


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