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Georgia tight end Jackson Manning was finally able to sit-down and have a discussion with Pitt offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.
After not being able to get together last week, the two sides talked today about Pitt’s need for a tight end and if Manning and Pitt might have a future. Manning (6’5″, 240) attends Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Georgia and holds offers from UMass and Southern Illinois.
“I left our meeting today feeling that Pitt has interest in me and I also know that they have a couple of other tight ends that are visiting this weekend and that could be the deciding factor between a relationship between Pitt and I,” said Manning.
Manning is referencing the fact that both Noah Patty (Fort Worth, Texas) and Daniel Moraga (Ventura Junior College) will be making official visits this coming weekend. As of today, Moraga is the only tight end of the three that has an offer from Pitt. The deciding factor that Manning mentioned is about whether either of those tight ends end up committing to Pitt or in the case of Patty, if he receives an offer or not.
“He basically said that they want and need tight ends there. As far as my skillset, I’m a tight end that can do both, catch and block. He told me that I can play. He believes that I can move for my size, I can catch and that I showed aggressiveness on tape.”
— Jackson Manning (@JacksonManning_) November 20, 2019
Manning is in a holding pattern as far as Pitt goes but he’s excited and appreciative for the interest that they’re showing in him but he’ll no doubt be anxious to see and hear what happens this weekend.
“I’m just going to stay calm because there’s nothing really too much to get worked up about. Whatever happens will happen and it’ll be ok,” said Manning.
“If Pitt were to offer, I’d obviously be happy and would have to consider them. I wouldn’t and don’t want to shut down any doors with other schools. I did go on an official visit to UMass this past weekend and I loved it. They have something great going on there now. But as far as Pitt, I think anyone would be lucky to go there, it’s a great place.