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May 2, 2013

Artuz Manning picking up momentum

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback Artuz Manning has really turned some heads this spring with his impressive performances on the passing league circuit.

"Since I joined the Ground Zero team colleges have really started calling me," Manning said at the Passing Down Best of the West. "I am hearing from Boise State, Colorado State, Oregon State, Idaho, Cal and Fresno State. I am flattered and know that all of the hard work is starting to pay off."

Tough competition pushes Manning and gets him excited for the tournaments.

"Going up against guys like Joe Mixon and Adarius Pickett is great competition," Manning said. "If I can stop them then that is great for me."

Recently coaches from Fresno State came and visited Rancho Cucamonga during the May evaluation period.

"We were just talking and I was getting to know how they used the DBs in their system. They said they would keep in touch with me," he said. "The same with Cal, they came to the school and that was really good. They even pulled me out of class."

While Manning isn't overly familiar with the Bulldog program, his former teammate at Rancho Cucamonga has kept him informed.

"My close friend Greg Watson goes to Fresno State. He said it was a great city and was a lot of fun out there and they have a great program."

Manning will keep pushing it, competing hard this summer heading into his senior season.

"I am going to be at the IMG tournament and then I will be going up north for the NIKE Camp," he said. "I have also been invited to the Oregon State, UCLA and USC camps and I plan on attending all of those."

So far Manning is still waiting on that elusive first scholarship offer, but that isn't affecting the high goals he has set for himself.

"My goal is to be a lockdown corner," he said. "I want to go both ways also because at Rancho you can't really go both ways but I am going to still try. I am an athlete and I just want to show all of my talents.

"The recruiting process is fun but I am not getting the publicity I should be getting. I feel that I am a great corner, so I just want to change that."

Manning is being recruited as a corner, but plans on playing slot receiver this season as well. He has excelled at pressing receivers on the line of scrimmage, showing extreme physical prowess despite standing just 5-foot-10.

Stay tuned to FSBulldogs.com for more updates on the Fresno State 2014 recruiting class. You can follow us on Twitter at @FresnoDogs.


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