It has always been Sam Manning’s dream to play football at the next level. His dream came true on Monday.
The Scottsboro senior signed to play at Tennessee Valley Prep Sports Academy in Huntsville.
“One thing I’ve always tried to work my hardest for is to take the next step in like, and I feel like [Tennessee Valley Prep] is going to be a good place for me and my career in the future,” said Manning.
Manning said he chose Tennessee Valley Prep because it has a great environment, great campus, and a great coaching staff. He said the coaches do a great job of keeping their team and players in check.
Manning said he plans on attending Tennessee Valley Prep for two years and hopefully transferring to a four-year university to play. He plans on getting his degree in business.
Manning said he was thankful for the opportunity to continue his career.
“I want to thank God for the ability to play this great game of football. I want to thank all my coaches and teammates that pushed me to be my best, and I want to thank my parents and grandparents for always being supportive,” said Manning.
Scottsboro head coach Don Jacobs said it is always good to be able to continue your career.
“It’s one of those sports you never get tired of,” said Jacobs. Sometimes it pushes you out into the real world, but I’m glad Sam got an opportunity to go forward and live out one of his dreams.”
Jacobs said that going to Tennessee Valley Prep is a good opportunity for Manning because it allows him to grow one more year, get a little stronger, and work on his skills.
“There’s no question in my mind he can snap the ball with the best of them,” said Jacobs. “Hopefully, he’s going to get an opportunity to prove that down the road.”
Jacobs, a former college football player at Alabama, also had some advice for Manning.
“Try to do everything the coach says. I promise they’re not trying to lead you astray,” said Jacobs.
“They’re trying to help him and hopefully he’s going to listen and pay attention.”