January 16, 2012

Manley goes in depth

Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton defensive end Josh Manley decided yesterday after his official visit to Syracuse that becoming a member of the Orange was the right way to go.

"I did commit to Syracuse," Manley said. "Syracuse, because the coaches, I know I feel that they are there not just for the program, but to develop us as people. Also the program is historic and the school itself is what I like most about it."

Manley, 6-foot-3, 245 pounds had a lot of factors go into his decision, but one of the big ones was the family feeling he had at Syracuse.

"It was the area, the school, the players that are there, and the players that are coming in. We all just clicked right after meeting each other. There was no tension it was just a family feel. The feeling I got at
Syracuse I did not get from any other school," Manley stated. "When I was on the visit it was only like hours and then all of us on our trip were clicking with everybody. It felt like a family there to me, it felt great.

"The most important factor for me was going to see the school. I loved that it is a college town as well, but going to see what the school had to offer was a big factor to me."

On his visit he had a chance to sit down with the Orange coaching staff about football and the school. The coaches and the player did not talk much about football though.

"When I talked with Coach Marrone we did not talk all football it was more about life. I am choosing the school and the football program not the football program and the school. I want to have myself prepared for after football and we talked mostly about that."

For a lot of recruits you do not hear much about the set up of a campus being important. Manley feels that the Syracuse set up is something special.

"What really stuck out to me on my visit was how they have their school set up. At Syracuse compared to other schools in the country they do not have things sectioned off. The football players and athletes dorms are not separated everybody is just mixed in and it gives more of a diverse feeling and that really stuck out to me."

One other item that stuck out to him was how the Carrier Dome was also used for basketball because he thought it was a football only stadium.

"When we went to the basketball game where Syracuse was playing Providence I did not expect to see that they set up the basketball court in the Carrier Dome. I had no idea about that I always thought the Carmelo Anthony Center was where they played basketball."

For the three star defensive end the Orange have always been one of the top schools in his recruitment and that was mainly because he knew about the history and what Syracuse had to offer.

"Syracuse was always around the top because I have known about the school's history and also because the school itself is great. If you get a degree from Syracuse you can go anywhere."

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