2008 Class: Bayside QB Holds Four Offers

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Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA) junior quarterback E.J. Manuel is off to a good start in the offer department, having received written offers from four Division 1A programs. A starter at quarterback since his freshman year (when he started five games), Manuel turned in a productive junior season in 2006. He threw for 1,973 yards – completing 56-percent of his passes – with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions and rushed for another 300 yards rushing with five touchdowns.

�Offers have come from Maryland, Virginia, Marshall and Duke. Those are the ones that have come in writing,� Bayside head coach Darnell Moore said. �UNC said they were going to offer, but that was when the old staff was in place. When the new staff sees what he does, I think they will offer. Miami (FL) has indicated that they will recruit him. Clemson has been in contact recently. Virginia Tech told me prior to the dead period that they were going to offer. I assume they will at some point in time. E.J. just received something from Tennessee and I just sent a DVD to UCLA.�

Manuel blends size and speed and displayed this at one-day camps at Duke, Marshall and UNC last summer.

�He is 6-4 �, 211 pounds,� Moore said. �He ran a 4.6 in the 40 at Duke. That was on grass. He is running track now instead of playing basketball. He played basketball last year, but he wanted to prepare for his senior season in football. He�s doing the 55 meters and the 300 meters in indoor track. He probably could run in the 4.5s right now.�

Quarterback is the position Manuel plans to play in college.

“He�s a quarterback,� Moore said. �A lot of people like to label him as a quarterback/athlete, but he�s an athletic quarterback. If you are not recruiting him as a quarterback, then don�t even bother. That�s the bottom line. He�s a drop-back passer who can run very well. He�s really a dual-threat quarterback, but he throws the ball extremely well and extremely accurate.�

Manuel has shown good character on and off the field in his time at Bayside.

�His character is impeccable,� Moore said. Manuel looked into graduating in December 2007, but cannot due to certain rules in Virginia Beach. �He is in a special program at our school. He is in the academy for health and science. You have to be a good student