TE Corey Manges headed to the ACC

After a productive summer visit to Winston-Salem, N.C., three-star tight end Corey Manges (Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett) knew that Wake Forest was home for him.

Manges recently gave the Demon Deacons his verbal commitment and became the program’s 13th commitment of the 2012 recruiting class. A 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end, Manges chose Wake Forest over offers from Colorado, New Mexico State, North Texas, UTSA and Louisiana-Lafayette.

“I went up there with my dad in July,” Manges said. “The coaching staff was really together as a whole. They all seemed like they knew what they were doing. Everybody was pretty nice, and they are striving to make the team better. I really liked that.”

Recruited by Wake Forest secondary coach Tim Duffie, Manges caught 16 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. He helped Rowlett advance three rounds deep in the Texas Class 5A Division II playoffs last year. Manges was used more as a traditional, blocking tight end last season, but Manges said Rowlett is looking to use him more as a flex option this year, in an effort to showcase his versatility.

In addition to the athletic advantages of playing in the ACC, Manges said Wake Forest was an attractive option because of its academic resume.

“The big thing that sold me and my dad is their academics,” said Manges, a student with a 3.0 grade-point average with an interest in studying sociology in college. “Wake Forest is one of the top 25 schools in America. With football, I might have that forever, but if I get a good degree from a good college, that’s a big deal.”

Manges is committed to the Demon Deacons, but he also has interest from Oregon State and Michigan State. Iowa, one of his favorites growing up, showed interest, but he said decided on other opportunities when the Hawkeyes landed two in-state commitments at the tight end spot.

Manges is the second Texan to commit to Wake Forest, joining three-star cornerback Brad Watson (Austin, Texas/Round Rock Westwood).