Recruiting Is Picking Up For Manning

Golden West WR Zimari Manning (6-2, 205) put up huge numbers as a freshman in 2014 and over the past couple of weeks, things have really started to heat up on the recruiting front...

"Things are definitely picking up for me," Manning told recently. "I've been hearing from Arizona State, Utah, Arkansas State, Cincinnati and Washington State. I don't have any offers yet, but I think a lot of schools are going to be coming by to watch practices this spring and I think some will probably offer then."

Manning is one of the top returning JUCO receivers in the country after posting 51 receptions for 1,102 yards and 23 touchdowns.

"I can do it all, but I am more of a down-the-field guy," Manning noted. "Honestly, I just get open. If it's a short route, I can take it and make a play with the ball in my hands or I can go up and get the jump ball or a quick slant.

"The coaches called my number down in the red zone a lot and I just made plays when I got the chance."

Manning prepped at Woodrow Wilson in Long Beach, California and he was unable to qualify for a scholarship to a four-year program so he started looking for a place to continue his football career as well as get his academics in order.

"I felt more at home at Golden West," Manning recalled. "I was comfortable since the day I walked on campus. I got along with all the coaches and our strength coach and all the players were willing to bring me in to the family and everybody was just real cool."

Manning is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season.

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