Oregon Football Recruiting

Dontae Manning Details Oregon Commitment

January 6, 2020
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Just three days ago, Oregon received a commitment from 4-star cornerback (0.9650 on the 247Sports Composite) Dontae Manning. Manning detailed for ScoopDuck why he chose the Ducks. 

“I fell in love with the coaching staff and everything that Eugene brings.” he said. “I feel like coach (Mario) Cristobal is onto something, and he’s about to shock the Pac-12.” 

The UnderArmour prep all-American is excited to play with the elite defensive talent that is headed to Eugene. 

“Justin Flowe and Noah Sewell are committed,” he said, “and it’s going to be like playing with my brothers. Defense wins championships.” 

Manning said that he trusts his lead recruiter, coach Donte Williams, with his life 

“We have a good relationship and talk every day,” he said. “We matched each other’s vibes and it’s easy to vibe with him. 

“I felt comfortable with being coached by him.” 

Manning’s new home will be 1,500 miles away from Kansas City, and he admitted that the distance was a bit of a factor.  

“Distance at first weighed a lot,” he said. “I thought about it and learned if you want to be successful you have to make sacrifices.” 

The No. 6 cornerback in the country committed with his family in mind, but they gave their blessing for him to go wherever he pleased. 

“My family didn’t really say where they wanted me to go,” he said. “We talked about it and got to the bottom of things. 

“It was my decision.” 

The Georgia Bulldogs finished just behind the Ducks, but he said a visit to Athens the weekend before early signing day came just a bit too late. 

“It was a pretty good trip,” he said. “Coach (Dan) Lanning, he's from Kansas City. Coach (Kirby) Smart has a good program going on. 

“Not to knock it, but they were at a disadvantage. I saw Oregon before I saw them. I got to them late, and it was hard to get input on them.” 

Cristobal, who appeared in Manning’s commitment video, could hardly contain his excitement when he received the news about the nation’s No. 76 overall prospect.  (per 247Sports Composite)

“Me and coach Donte already knew,” Manning said, “and wanted to keep it a secret. Coach Cristobal almost had a heart attack he was so happy.” 

The Ducks bring in possibly their best haul of defensive talent ever, including two 5-star linebackers in the 2020 class. Couple that with the likely return of starters Deommodore Lenoir, Thomas Graham Jr. and Jordon Scott, and the ceiling is very high.  

“I’m just excited to be a part of it,” Manning said, “whether it’s not starting or starting, just playing my role. I'm ready to get down to Eugene and start working.” 

It looks as if Manning will be enjoying the rest of high school before he gets to Oregon.  
“I’ll be enrolling in June,” he confirmed. 

Oregon’s 2020 class now has landed prospects from 13 different states. Manning addressed why he thinks the Ducks are able to cast such a wide net.  

“It just shows the dynasty and legacy that Oregon carries and how much weight that carries,” he said. “People want to leave their home and play for them.” 

Manning is the fifth 2020 prep all-American to pledge to the Ducks. He talked about his experience at the UnderArmour All-American Game, where he made his announcement on national television. 

“It was a beautiful experience being coached by legends Deion Sanders, Ed Reed and Pacman Jones,” he said. “It’s a good learning experience going against the best, because iron sharpens iron. 

“I feel like I got better.” 

The Raytown High star shared his thoughts on the Ducks’ Rose Bowl win.  

“There were DBs all over the field,” he said. “That’s a plus for me, because it means more opportunities to showcase my talent.” 

With his letter of intent signed and delivered, the nation’s No. 76 overall prospect turns his attentions to basketball and track. 

“Right now, I play basketball,” he said. “Then after that I’ll go to my second sport, which is track. 

“I run the 100 and 200 meters and do the long jump. I’ll finish that, win state, then report to Eugene.” 

Manning joins Oregon’s 2020 class as its third-highest-rated commit – and he could be in line for a bump to 5-star status. That would give Oregon three players of that caliber in the same class -- all on the defensive side of the ball.  

 

 
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