Daniel Manibog photo courtesy of Nic Cortez; MatFocus.com
Although the college season is just getting underway, the recruiting season is as strong as ever. Within the last 24 hours, two top 100 recruits have made their college intentions public, while plenty of other talented high schoolers have committed to DI schools. Here is the latest:
Oklahoma State’s hot recruiting streak has continued with a commitment from two-time Texas state champion Daniel Manibog (Katy, TX). Daniel is currently ranked sixth in the nation at 145 lbs and 74th overall in the Class of 2019. The offseason, before his senior season, has been huge for Manibog. Daniel started it off with a seventh-place finish at NHSCA Junior Nationals. He would then go on to go undefeated at the Junior Freestyle National Duals, giving up points in only two matches. For those that were not paying attention at that point, Manibog really announced himself nationally in Fargo with an upset over graduated senior Anthony Artalona, who was seeking his third Junior Freestyle crown. To prove he was no fluke, Manibog went on to finish fourth in his 145 lb weight class.
Daniel is the fourth wrestler from the Class of 2019 to commit to John Smith’s Cowboys. There are a couple of others middleweights that have already pledged to OSU, in Chance McLane (Bozeman, MT) and Brevin Balmeceda (South Dade, FL), though Oklahoma State does need help in that range 149-157 going forward.
Zeke Jones has continued to return to the pipeline that goes from Arizona State to the St. John Bosco wrestling room in California with the commitment from Sonny Santiago. Sonny is a junior that is currently ranked fifth in the country at 152 lbs and 53rd overall in the Class of 2020. This fall has been kind to Santiago, as he has placed third both at the Journeyman Fall Classic and the Super 32. During his high school season, Sonny was sixth in the state of California as a sophomore. Though he did not place in Fargo at the Junior level, he did take fifth at the UWW Cadet World Team Trials, in Akron.
Santiago joins current high school teammate Cleveland Belton as Sun Devil commits. Former St. John’ Bosco sensations Anthony and Zahid Valencia have gone on to star at ASU, as well. Santiago would slot in at either 157 or 165 lbs for Arizona State, which appears to be a need by the time he’ll step foot on campus in 2020-21.
Speaking of schools with developing pipelines, George Mason and head coach Frank Beasley have continued to pick up talent from Pennsylvania after the commitment from Kaden Cassidy (Bedford, PA). The high school junior Cassidy was a state third-place finisher as a freshman for Bishop McCort, before transferring last year. Kaden did not compete for the bulk of the year due to injury. He is the first junior to commit to the Patriots, who have already received verbals from four Pennsylvania seniors.
Another Pennsylvania native that is heading to Virginia for college is Dan Mancini (Owen Roberts, PA). Mancini has given Tony Robie and the Virginia Tech Hokies a verbal commitment yesterday. Mancini was a state fourth-place finisher in 2017-18 at 152 lbs, after qualifying for the tournament as a junior. This summer in Fargo, Mancini took seventh place in Junior Freestyle. Picking up a potential 157 lber is good for the Hokies as that is one spot where they do not currently have an NCAA qualifier or a top recruit waiting in the wings.
A Pennsylvanian that is staying at home is Colton Camacho (Franklin Regional, PA) who has given a verbal to Pittsburgh. Camacho, a 2017-18 state runner-up, was busy this spring when he took third-place at NHSCA Junior Nationals and seventh at FloNationals. Second-year head coach Keith Gavin has obviously made keeping the studs of Western PA home a priority because Colton is the third wrestler from that part of the state to give a verbal to the Panthers this year. Camacho projects as a 133/141 lber for Pittsburgh, which does not appear to be a high priority, due to some good signings last year, but the team is in need of depth throughout the lineup.
For all of the college commitments, check out TOM’s College Commitment Page