Kent (Wash.) Kentridge athlete Alex Manso (5-11, 170) is one of those rare players who absolutely enjoys playing special teams.
Though he doubles as a cornerback and receiver for the Chargers, its on special teams where Manso shines. He was a First Team All-SPSL League pick as a special teamer, the lone player in the league selected for that position.
That will be a bonus as he’s getting some interest from schools, mostly liking him as a cornerback.
“I’ll probably play corner in college because I just have more natural ability to play there and I like playing defense and smacking people around,” said Manso.
At the Competitive Edge Combine in Sumner last month, Manso worked out with the quarterbacks, the position he played his first two years in high school, before making the move to the secondary and out wide.
“I worked out with the quarterbacks and that was fun,” said Manso. “There was a lot of moving around and a lot of work, but it was pretty good. There were people flying around and making plays.”
In April, Manso visited Idaho for the Vandals Junior Day, and he left experiencing a great time.
“Idaho’s Junior Day was good,” said Manso. “We got to go there and see the facilities and they’re remodeling so they will be really nice in a few years. The coaches were great and it looks like a great atmosphere there. It looks like they’re getting a lot of good things done. Luther Carr is the coach recruiting me and they like me as a corner.”
Manso is hoping to return to Moscow this summer to camp at Idaho, and he’ll also do a team camp at Eastern Washington and possibly a camp at Washington.
“My top schools are Idaho, Arizona, Fresno State, Washington, Boise State and Washington,” said Manso.
Academically, Manso is in good shaped with a 3.6 GPA and a 1550 on the SAT.