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Manning committed, but keeps options open

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Donaldven Manning wasn't the biggest defensive back at Sunday's Miami Nike Football Training Camp at the University of Miami. Not even close to it.
But, not surprisingly, his size wasn't an issue. It rarely is.
As expected, the 5-foot-9, 155-pound junior cornerback from Miami (Fla.) Central more than held his own, combining his excellent speed and athleticism with solid ball skills to be one of the top secondary performers on hand.
With his frame, "I've got to be scrappy," Manning said.
Manning, a member of the Rivals250 watch list, committed to Virginia Tech in February.
"I'm very solid," Manning told Rivals.com. "And they know I'm solid in my commitment."
That said, Manning admittedly is keeping his options open. Just in case.
"If anything goes wrong, you have to have something to fall back on," Manning said.
Despite his commitment to the Hokies, the offers haven't stopped coming. Most recently, Louisville, which made a splash in south Florida during the previous recruiting cycle, offered last Friday.
According to Manning, he also continues to have an interest in Alabama, Florida and Notre Dame. All three have offered, he said.
"I went up to Florida last year," Manning said. "I'm working on going up to Notre Dame or Alabama in the summer."
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