The Fizz recently spoke with Manley’s coach at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Howie DeCristofaro. He told us the lineman’s top three choices were SU, NC State, and Purdue.
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But just yesterday, we caught up with Manley himself, and he said that his top schools are now a little bit different.
“I have a top four now: Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Purdue, and Louisville.”
Georgia Tech is roughly 30 minutes away from Alpharetta, so it makes sense the Yellow Jackets are in the running for Manley’s services. Even though he just placed Tech near the top of his list, the defensive lineman said GT has always been a possibility for him. He’s been in frequent contact with the Georgia Tech coaching staff.
Not to worry, though, he’s also been on the phone with Syracuse.
“I’ve been talking to Coach Adkins (SU Recruiting Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach) all the time, and actually I’m going to call him later on today. We’re going to talk later on today about some stuff, too.”
Otherwise, Manley confirmed most of what DeCristofaro told us a couple weeks ago. Most importantly, he won’t make his final decision until he visits each of his top schools.
He’s scheduled to visit Syracuse on December 9th. He’ll be accompanied on the visit by an uncle who lives in New York City, and possibly by other family members from New York.
Both of Manley’s parents are from NYC, and he says that most of his extended family currently resides there. He’s enthusiastic about potentially attending a university near them.
“There’s a lot of great things about going to school in New York.”
As we near the stretch run of the Class of 2012 recruiting period, some other Orange football recruits have mentioned that SU has withdrawn offers due to scholarship limits. Manley said he’s “confident” that won’t be the case with him.
Should he choose Syracuse, Manley plans on bringing a hardworking mentality to CNY.
“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.”
Tune into Orange Fizz Radio on The Score 1260, Saturday at 9 am, to hear our conversation with Manley.
Posted: Andrew Kanell