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Manning starting to receive interest

Conner Manning had an outstanding junior season but recruiting has still been relatively slow for the Lake Forest (Calif.) El Toro quarterback.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect threw for 4,219 yards with 41 touchdowns and eight interceptions but said he's only been getting preliminary recruiting mail from Colorado and USC.
Manning, who completed 327 of 527 passes in his junior year, recently attended the USC junior day and he plans to return for summer camp. Working with position coach Clay Helton could keep the Trojans interested as Manning heads into his senior season.
"The school was pretty amazing," Manning said. "All the facilities are pretty remarkable what they're doing there. I enjoyed it. I liked the coaching staff, they're a bunch of cool guys and it's just a cool place to go.
"I definitely got to talk with (Helton) a little bit. He told me to go to the camps so I could get a little more one-on-one time with him. I'm definitely open to that."
Colorado's coaching staff has told Manning, who averaged more than 300 passing yards per game this past season, that they're highly interested in him and they'd like him to attend an upcoming junior day and summer camp.
The Buffaloes have not talked about an offer but after seeing Manning in person that is a possibility. Other schools could also get more involved once they see Manning's highlight tape.
"So far it's just been mainly USC and Colorado," Manning said. "They came in and talked for just a little bit. Those are mainly the only two that I've been hearing from.
"We're still in the process of sending out more film. I have sent out film to a good amount of teams but I have a lot more on my list to send out to."
Manning's stats bested Matt Barkley's number of 3,560 passing yards during his junior season at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei.
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