Manning Set For VT Official Visit

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Central (Miami, FL) senior cornerback Donaldven Manning will be in attendance for Virginia Tech’s key ACC match-up against Miami on Saturday. The Virginia Tech commit will be on an official visit, his first trip to Virginia Tech since making an unofficial this summer.

“I’m not really hoping for anything. I already know what Tech is about. I’m looking to have fun, enjoy the game, be around a great coaching staff, and I hope I’ll get a chance to be around the players a lot,” the 5’10”, 160-pound standout said. “I hope it’ll be a fun-filled weekend.”

Manning, who is expected to arrive in Blacksburg Friday afternoon, will be making the trip by himself.

“My parents decided this is something I should do myself,” Manning said. “When I enroll, I’ll be there by myself.”

January enrollment is Manning’s goal, and right now he is on track to be able to follow through on those plans.

“I’m just finishing the classes I have now. I’m about done with all my classes,” Manning said. “I hope no freshman class comes back on me, but I think I’m all right. I check in with my counselor all the time. I should be set.”

Manning still has an official visit to Notre Dame scheduled for the weekend of October 21. Nothing else is scheduled, but he is not ruling out officials to other schools as well. This weekend’s experience, Manning says, will have no bearing on his decision to visit more schools.

“Whether [this weekend] goes great or not, I’m still going to take other visits because I feel like I owe it to the other schools recruiting me,” Manning said. “I truly appreciate them, too, for recruiting me.”

Although Manning’s plans to take more official visits is a concern, he has developed a close relationship with defensive backs coach Torrian Gray. This latter fact should bode well in terms of the Hokies keeping the talented prospect in the fold.

“Me and Coach Gray speak a lot,” Manning said. “He has his one call per week, but I try and call him every two or three days or so. We have a great relationship. He stays on top of everything. I update him on how I’ve played in each game.”

After playing three seasons at Miami Edison High