The Marshall Thundering Herd landed what could be a major player Tuesday. The Herd announced former Virginia Tech Hokies defensive back Donaldven Manning has transferred into their football program.
Manning announced he would be leaving the Virginia Tech program last month and made it official Tuesday.
“We’re extremely excited for Donaldven to join our program,” said Marshall head coach Doc Holliday in a statement. “He will be a tremendous asset to our secondary and I know that Coach (Chuck) Heater is excited to start working with him.”
Manning was a big part of Virginia Tech’s 2012 recruiting class. The 5’10, 181 lb. Miami, Florida native was considered a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and was ranked as 11th best cornerback recruit in the country. The site also recognized Manning as the 140th best player in the class of 2012, regardless of position.
Manning played in eight games as a true freshman for the Hokies in 2012. According to his official bio, he played 124 plays (93 on defense and 31 on special teams).
Manning will sit out the 2013 season and have three years to play three seasons starting in 2014.