Manis Ready For Live Action Again

Poised to take over the quarterback duties for Los Alamitos (Calif.) from Jimmy Barnes after he signed with Alabama, Chad Manis (6-5, 210) was looking forward to his senior year.

He started the Griffins opener against Goleta (Calif.) Dos Pueblos, and threw for 209 yards on 13-of-22 passing and a pair of touchdowns.  But he was released from Los Alamitos for an off-the-field incident and matriculated to Lakewood (Calif.) High.

Because he was a transfer, CIF transfer rules prevented him from playing for Lakewood, and his big senior season was over just like that.

Now, Manis, who was hearing from several colleges prior to the transfer, is back behind center, playing at Cerritos (Calif.) College, where he will start this season as a freshman.  When he participated in a scrimmage a week ago, it was the first live action he had in nearly a year.

"It felt so great to be back out there and playing," said Manis.  "I've been playing since I was seven years old and to be gone for a year was tough, so it was real good to be back out there."

Blessed with great size, Manis, who runs a 4.8 forty, said that many of the same schools he heard from before are still showing interest.

"Cal, Ole Miss, Colorado, UCLA and Arizona State mainly," said Manis.  "There were a few others, but that's about it.  Most schools said they want to see me play this season.  Since it's been so long since I played, they want to watch."

Because he was set on going to Cerritos early in the spring, Manis was able to begin working out with them at that time and has been able to pass with them all summer and get a jump on the offense.

"I'm open to anything and any school really.  The plan is for me to play one year, and then be gone after December.  I would have been a full qualifier so I can leave and have four to play three," said Manis.

Manis said while no offers have been made, no trips have been set up, but he would like to take a few official visits. Cerritos coaches are expecting big things from Manis, who will be surrounded by a good supporting cast. He's likely to be a big blip on more than a few four-year school radar screens.


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