Three-star Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln defensive back Joe Manning is putting the finishing touches of what he hopes will be a perfect senior season.
“I’ve had 54 tackles, seven pass break-ups, five interceptions and five blocked kicks,” he said. “We’re 9-2 right now and playing pretty well. We’re all focused on our goal, and that’s winning the state championship.”
That also means taking a bit of a break from the recruiting scene.
“I’ve not thought about things too much lately,” Manning said. “I’m so focused on the team, I don’t want anything to distract from that, so I’ve decided to wait until the season is officially over before I set my visits or do anything like that.”
Asked who might be in the running for those visits once he had an opportunity to schedule them, Manning said: “Right now I’m real interested in Florida State, Clemson, Nebraska, USC and Tennessee. That’s in no particular order, though. I’m waiting to see who all offers first. Clemson, Nebraska and Tennessee have offered me. Florida State and USC say they’re still evaluating me.
“Coach Andrews (at FSU) called Saturday after our playoff game against Gainesville and told me that they’re still really interested, and that they’d probably let me know something in December after evaluating some more film. I’ll definitely wait to see what they have to say.”
Iowa, Michigan State, Syracuse, Louisville, Iowa State, Middle Tennessee and UConn have also offered.
Manning (6-0, 175, 4.4) is rated the No. 31 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com.
Academically, he carries a 2.8 GPA and has scored an 18 on the ACT. He projects as a full-qualifier.