Manning Ready for Big Senior Season

Manning Ready for Big Senior Season

Healed from a foot injury last season, 2015 Denver Mullen receiver is ready to put his impressive skill set on display as he preps for his senior campaign.

The start of last season saw 2015 Mullen Mustang receiver Ryan Manning establish himself as a force. In the season opener against 5A power Ralston Valley, the 6-5 receiver had nine catches. Over the next two games, Manning added five more catches before going down with a season ending foot injury.

Undaunted, Manning has worked hard to rehab in preparation for next season and a potential college offer. Key to his rehab and indicative of his work ethic, Manning has opted to run track this offseason, competing in the 200 and 400 meters.

The hard work is already paying dividends as Manning is gaining initial college interest. Recently Manning took a tour of Ivy League schools and their football programs, making stops at Princeton, Yale and Cornell. While visiting the Ivy programs Manning toured the football and academic facilities and talked with coaches, including Yale Head Coach Tony Reno. Playing for an Ivy school is a legitimate option for Manning who boasts a 4.3 GPA and an ACT score of 31. Beyond the Ivy schools, Manning is gaining regional interest and is visiting Wyoming this weekend for the Cowboy's spring game.

Driving Manning's hard work is the goal of helping a young Mullen team rebound from a disappointing 2013 season. Talking about improving for the upcoming season Manning says, "We were a young team last year, but after a year of experience under their belts our freshmen and sophomore players will be ready. We have good upperclassmen to and I think we will definitely come our and surprise some people this year."

Due to his shortened junior season, Manning will have to stay patient regarding a first offer, but his combination of size, potential production and great academics may be too much for the right college to pass on. Further, adding increased speed to his already impressive skills will peak the interest of multiple programs.


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