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September 26, 2012
Manning stays humble in face of accolade
The launch for the U.S. Army All-American selection tour has begun, and on Wednesday, Dallas Kimball High School DT Justin Manning was the latest to receive his jersey.
Even with the media attention surrounding his final five and the U.S. Army All-American game, Manning maintains a low profile, which he credits to older brother, Demarcus Granger.
"I try and stay humble," Manning said. "God is good. My brother always told me to not get big-headed."
The U.S. Army All-American experience is even more special for Manning because he continues a legacy.
"My brother played at the bowl game. I remember going to watch him a couple of years ago and now I get my turn."
Manning said he is approaching the event as a business trip. "I am most excited about going against the nation's best players," Manning said. "I need to start taking a look at the roster to see what offensive lineman I want to go against."
The game will have a number of recruits make their college selection live on game day. And although Manning remains undecided on his college selection, he said he would make a decision before the bowl week festivities.
"I will make me decision at our homecoming game, Oct. 19," Manning said. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound tackle took his official visit to Oklahoma last weekend and has another visit set for this weekend. "This weekend I am going to Texas A&M," Manning said. "I plan on making it to all my final schools before I announce."
By the time Manning and the West team take on the East in the 13th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, one college program will have landed the four-star defensive tackle.
Which one will it be? According to Manning, the program he selects will have values similar to those within the U.S. Army All-American Bowl: honor and trust.