First Offer Rolls In For Manning

Saddleback P Thomas Manning (6-2, 185) grabbed his first offer recently and he told there are a couple of other options that are on the table as well...

Manning had a solid freshman campaign for the Gauchos, averaging 38.7 yards on 38 punts with a long of 68, 15 punts dropped inside the 20 and seven fair catches.

"Honestly my hang time and my distance are about equal to each other," Manning told recently. "I did a great job coffin corner punting last year."

That productivity has drawn the attention of several schools including Indiana State that recently extended an offer his way.

"I just got the offer from Indiana State and I've talked to the coach at UCLA for a possible walk-on," Manning said. "I've also been in contact with Old Dominion also as a walk-on."

Manning enjoyed a solid prep career at legendary Mission Viejo (Ca.) High School, but when no schools came after him during his senior year, he decided to head to Saddleback.

"I knew the success Saddleback has had over the years," Manning noted. "My head coach at Mission Viejo told me the coaches were great here and its only 10 min away from my home."

While he's able to leave right away due to the fact that he was a full-qualifier, Manning is still weighing the option of returning to the Gauchos this fall.

"I am still thinking about the decision," Manning said.

If he were to leave this summer, Manning would have four years to play three, however, if he returns and plays at Saddleback this fall, he would have three years to play two starting in 2016.

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