Bowling Green High offensive lineman Joe Manley will make his college of choice known Thursday, July 14, the senior confirmed Wednesday at BGHS before working out with his team.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pound guard will decide between the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Vanderbilt University.
“I don’t want to worry about recruiting when I’m going into football season,” he said.
According to the Internet scouting website Rivals.com, Manley had offers from the three aforementioned schools, Illinois and his hometown institution of Western Kentucky. Illinois didn’t make the final cut and WKU was crossed off the list because Manley said he’s ready for a change of scenery.
“I wanted to kind of get out of town,” he said. “Those three schools (UofL, UK and Vandy) are not a long distance away from home, but they’re far away enough to be away from home and close enough to be able to get home when I want to get home.”
The Bowling Green offense rushed for over 2,200 yards and threw for over 1,500 in 2010. Manley was an integral part of that on the right side of the offensive line. His recruitment started in earnest in the spring of 2010 and he said his favorite part was being invited to all the college football games.
Manley attended a camp Monday evening at Vanderbilt where he said he really likes the academics. He said all three schools are, “rising programs and they all three play in good conferences.”
“It’s been fun,” he added. “I g0t to meet all the coaches and go to all the programs. Got to a see a lot of things.”