Signing Day Extra: Steven Manfro

Name: Steven Manfro
Position: Running Back
Rank: N/R(S) / N/R(R) / 133(E)
Positional Need: 2/10
Outlook:
I have a different opinion than most because I favor smaller, shiftier backs, but I just don’t know how so many have ignored Manfro’s production at Valencia High. Scoring 50 touchdowns in a season in Delaware might not be too earth-shattering, but the Vikings are in a good league, in an ultra-competitive division, and Manfro produced. Not just a little, a lot.

Manfro broke the Foothill League record owned by Manuel White with 3,578 rushing yards last season, finishing with 50 total touchdowns.

He is small, that cannot be ignored, measuring at just 5-10, 187 pounds, but smaller running backs have become en vogue in college football, and I wonder if the Bruins realize that, with Jordon James joining the team last season.

I’m not saying he’s a future All-American, but I like his game a lot, and I’m surprised he didn’t have more interest.

Immediate Impact: 1/10 – Manfro will almost certainly redshirt.

Overall Impact: 4/10 – Manfro likens himself to Danny Woodhead, and if he has even a 10th of the success he had in high school – or Woodhead had in college – he would be a huge steal.

Notable Quotables:
“I got a call a few months ago from Coach Neuheisel saying that they were interested. He loved that i had the catching ability and the running ability, being a dual-threat helped. Whenever we talked he said I was a taller Danny Woodhead.” – Manfro, in January

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  • captainqtp

    He seems like Craig Sheppard with a little extra tackle breaking juice.

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree with Jon. I’m not familiar with the league/division, etc., being from PA, but the kid looks extremely dynamic on film. Nothing wrong with giving P12 defenses one more player to scheme for.

  • Coach Thom

    Imagine a 1-2-3 combination punch with James, Jones, and Manfro. We would run opposing Ds into the ground. Throw long to Marvray and Lucien or Smith..throw short to Fauria and Embree. Wow. Open up the playbook, boys!! Opposing Ds would have to assume anything is possible.