The Aloha State is known for their big guys who leave the Islands to play their college ball on the Mainland, but now there will be a quarterback that will soon pack his bags and play his college football on the mainland in three-star Andrew Manley (6-3, 220) from Wahiawa (Hawai'i) Leilehua.
Manley was outstanding as a senior leading his team to a 9-3 record that saw his team lose in the state semifinals. For the year, Manley threw for 3,130 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also had four rushing touchdowns. His performance saw him earn the Red Division West (Western half of Oahu) player of the year and Gatorade State Player of the Year.
"I committed to New Mexico State on Saturday," Manley said. "I like all of their coaches. They are cool guys and upfront.
"DeWayne Walker is a very good coach and I will be able to come in and compete for playing time right away," Manley said. "Coach Walker did a really good job at UCLA when he was there.
"I want to be part of New Mexico State's rebuilding project," Manley said. "Hopefully, I'm that piece that will start rebuilding the program.
"I will be taking a trip to New Mexico State on January 8th."
New Mexico State will be getting a player in Manley who is as big as advertised and he can run some. He has a strong arm and can make all the throw from the pocket. He can throw the middle to deep dig routes, throws a good deep balls and showed good tempo on short passes off three-step drops. He also has a good release.
Nice get for Walker and his New Mexico State program. Hawai'i also offered the strong armed signal caller a scholie.