February 6, 2012

Manley didn't expect a hectic ending

Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton defensive end Josh Manley gave a verbal commitment to the Syracuse Orange in the middle of January, After that commitment everything seemed to get a bit hectic.

"Honestly, no I did not expect things to get as crazy as they did," Manley said. "The next day a few schools came in and I reached out to some other just for more information. Then I talked with some of my family members who have been through it. It was stressful, but it was a good stress because I am going through something a lot of people do not have the chance to do and I looked at it that way. I did not expect that though."

When all was said and done though Manley did indeed sign with the Orange and he was excited about it.

"I couldn't wait to sign. When I was up there on my visit with other players and we already felt like we were on the team already. I honestly can't wait to get there."

On the field the Orange will be getting a hard worker, but coming in not to many know about how versatile Manley could be.

"My biggest strength to me is my versatility. Every year especially this year I was actually playing some tight end and not just the defensive line. In the spring I was playing tight end, receiver before our line got depleted. I am very disciplined I got mad if I mess up on something. I like to focus on getting the little things right."

With strengths come weaknesses and one of Manley's weaknesses right now might surprise people who look at him as just a defensive end.

"My quickness and how I get off of the ball need work. Also possibly my pass rush because we did not really play real passing teams and I have not really had to do a lot of pass rushing."

While he was growing up Manley was always a big fan of the Orange and Blue, but those colors at the time meant Auburn not Syracuse. Even though Manley grew up thinking about the Tigers the Orange did make small appearances.
"Growing up and being from the south you cheer for the schools around you and my family was really an Auburn family. Then when I was little we also went up north and I have had a good feel for Syracuse. My parents are from New York, My Grandmother is from New York, and I still have some family there. One of my Uncle's drives up to Syracuse every year for the State Championship games in the Dome. I always knew a lot about Syracuse even before the offer."

The 6-foot-3, 245 pound Manley is a hard worker and when makes it to Syracuse does not know what his impact will be, but he knows it's going to be good.

"I am not sure what the fans will be able to expect from me, but I think it is going to be good. I know it is going to be good."


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