CB Manning impresses at tournament

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. -- With several standout receivers at last weekend's Gamebreaker Classic passing tournament, cornerbacks had a chance to make a statement with big performances. One of the defensive backs who quickly stepped forward with an impressive performance was Artuz Manning (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga).

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback displayed his physical nature with receivers throughout the weekend and helped his team into the semifinals.

As for recruiting this spring, Manning has heard from Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Idaho and Oregon State.

"They all said to come to camp during the summer," Manning said. "Boise State said if I perform well there, they'll pull the trigger on an offer. I'm looking forward to that and I'm definitely going there."

Manning said he will also go to camps at Oregon State and Portland State this summer. UCLA is another program Manning finds appealing.

"I really like UCLA because they're an up-and-coming school," Manning said. "I would love to be a part of that."

This fall, Manning will continue to be a player to watch. Rancho Cucamonga was blessed with one of the best defensive backfields in the region last year, but lost Chris Hawkins (USC), Tahaan Goodman (UCLA) and Armond Hawkins (Idaho) to graduation. Manning recorded 20 tackles and eight pass breakups last season, but will asked to step up as a senior leader this year.

"I have some big shoes to fill; that's all there is to it," Manning said. "I think I can do it, so we'll see."