At Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius, players often have to wait until their junior seasons before seeing any significant time on the field. For many, the wait is even longer, extending to his senior season.
Senior quarterback Mike LaManna is one of those players. It’s not a knock on LaManna or any other Ignatius player in his shoes but more a compliment on the state of the Ignatius program.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback has been one of the most efficient passers in Ohio this season and if he finishes off the year as strong as he’s started, it could end with an FBS scholarship.
LaManna visited Kent State on Saturday before his high school game, though he had to leave early. The visit went OK, but LaManna was disappointed he did not get to spend much time with the coaches.
“I think they over recruited. There were probably about 200 recruits there,” he said. “At Toledo there was 12 of us. We got a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches, but at Kent I said two words to the coach.
“I’ll shoot him an email and see what kind of interest he has.”
The Toledo visit LaManna referred to has been his best so far. He made the visit two weeks ago and came away impressed with the offense and the coaches.
LaManna orchestrates a talented offense at Ignatius and sees a lot of similarities with the offense at Toledo.
“Their offense puts up a lot of points, and they run kind of the same type of fast-paced offense,” LaManna said. “I think I’d fit perfect with that offense.
“I love the coaches, it’s a young coaching staff, very cool. I like them a lot.”
Colleges still need to see more film of LaManna before making a decision on an offer. He has started only six games and quarterback is a position that teams are careful about scholarships.
It is a good sign for LaManna that the early reviews of his film have been very positive.
“They tell me the film looks phenomenal right now. They want me to stay in touch, gonna keep watching and I’ll keep sending them my film,” he said. “Maybe later on in the season something will happen.”