Huge Recruiting Win for Marrone: 3-Star DL Josh Manley Picks Syracuse

(Update: 7:31a. One of SU football’s prime remaining recruiting targets, defensive lineman Josh Manley, has confirmed to The Fizz he is committing to Syracuse after his official visit this weekend.

This is an enormous late signing for the Orange. Many felt the Georgia native would choose to stay closer to home and pick Georgia Tech or another southeastern school like Virginia or NC State. He also had offers from Purdue and Mississippi State. Not only is he a terrific talent who spurned other BCS programs, but he fills a position of need.

With the losses of Chan Jones and Mikhail Marinovich on the defensive line, the Orange desperately needed to begin filling in the holes. Manley does exactly that. After a season where Lady Luck was not on Syracuse’s side, the Orange finally caught a break. Manley had family in New York City, and was always considering SU because of it. This is a tremendous addition to the SU recruiting class with just over two weeks to go.)

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Manley confirmed he’s taking the visit in a phone conversation with The Fizz. The trip to the Salt City will be the lineman’s first official visit to any school. He was supposed to visit Syracuse in early December, but had to reschedule.

The Alpharetta, Georgia prospect would serve as a legitimate recruiting victory for Doug Marrone, should Syracuse beat out several other BCS schools for his commitment. Boston College, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Purdue, Louisville, Mississippi State, and Wake Forest, all sit alongside SU on Manley’s offer list.

Manley is rated three stars by Rivals, and would bring lots of size to an Orange defensive front that needs restocking. He already weighs about 250 pounds, and his high school coach, Howie DeCristofaro, tells The Fizz that Manley has yet to really fill out.

Here’s what Manley said he’d bring to the Orange if he commits:

“My biggest strength is my work ethic, my high motor. I never quit or give up on any play. As long as the play is going there’s a play to be made.”

Manley is excited about the possibility of attending school in New York because he has a lot of family living in New York City. He has also heard good things about Syracuse’s engineering school. Manley is one of SU’s highest rated recruits still on the board, and would be a huge coup for Marrone just 17 days before Signing Day

Posted: Andrew Kanell


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  1. Terry says:

    We’ll see!! With 26 scholarships you’d think that more would show up this weekend. Other than the verbals!! But with wizard HCDM out there we don’t know whats going on. I’m and others are tired of his secrecy. We know he can’t say anything now, but during the season he has to open up, instead of fearing the media!!!

  2. Derek says:

    Most excellent. Lock it in. The next couple of weeks should get interesting. Hopefully we can fill out our secondary as well.

  3. Frank says:

    Funny that in an earlier article on this site, you reported that he was waiting for an offer from GT and would only go here if they didn’t make an offer… now, you say he was offered by GT and chose SU instead!!?? So, what’s the story?

  4. Terry says:

    Two good gets for the CUSE. The kicker could be a real prize. But HCDM needs more.

  5. Aaron says:

    A kick-off specialist was a huge need for this team!

  6. OrangeCrush22 says:

    how many open scholarships do we have left?

    And are Morgan, Standifier, Glanton, Pierece-Brewster and Thomason the last players we are going after?

    or we still going after Perkins, Clark, Lynch, or Henry?

  7. Kanell says:

    Frank – Manley was interested in GT but I think the guy you’re thinking of is offensive lineman Joseph Scelfo. There’s speculation that he is holding out for other schools like GT to offer, and isn’t actually that interested in SU.

  8. Frank says:

    Ok, that’s who I was thinking off… thanks!

  9. i think thats a good pick up for the oorange with the recruit probrably going to get lots of playing time. welcome aboard josh, we look foward to seeing you wear orange.

  10. Edwin says:

    These recruiting articles are somewhat misleading, as there is a huge difference between a verbal offer that may have been made a year ago and a committable offer. Many recruits claim to have X number of offers, when in reality only one or two are actually committable.

  11. Nick says:

    You guys should probably mention we also have a very good chance of losing Tashon Whitehurst now too at LB. He took a visit to USF his weekend and is wavering on his verbal to Cuse. Not good news.

  12. Kanell says:

    Edwin – Perhaps sometimes these recruits have more listed offers than they have “real-life” offers, but in Manley’s case he legitimately could have attending several other quality BCS programs, and decided to pick Syracuse.

  13. SeattleOrange says:

    Except that he just was quoted as saying that he didn’t sign anything, he is open to other schools, and will make a decision after all his visits are finished on where he will sign. Also said he was just offered by Missouri as well.

  14. Allen says:

    Manley is now a soft verbal and is visiting an SEC school soon. Not looking good…

  15. SeattleOrange says:

    That’d be Missouri.

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