Leilehua quarterback Andrew Manley told me today he has committed to New Mexico State.
Manley led the Mules to state championships as a sophomore and the final again as a junior.
Hawaii had been among the schools that offered him a scholarship. But the offer became a grayshirt offer when UH got a commitment from Kevin Spain of Paradise Valley High in Arizona.
He said New Mexico State is his only offer.
“I’m not disappointed. I understand how college football recruiting works. They do what they have to do,” Manley told me today. “I feel very fortunate to have a scholarship to play college football at New Mexico State.”
He also said there’s a benefit to going to a WAC school.
“I get to come home every other year to play at Aloha Stadium in front of friends and family,” he said. “That is a great bonus.”
I think UH missed the boat on Manley and should’ve given him a full ride, no questions asked. At 6-feet-3 and 220 pounds, he is plenty big and has a big arm. His footwork is extremely underrated. This may come back to haunt the Warriors, especially with NMSU being in the same conference.
UH linebacker Blaze Soares has signed with the MAG agency. Wynn Silberman is his agent. Silberman also represents Jake Ingram and Solomon Elimimian.
–By Dave Reardon