Assistant football coach named a top recruiter in nation by

February 13, 2013 | News, UToday
By Paul Helgren



Toledo Assistant Football Coach Tom Manning has been named to’s Top Recruiters list for Non-Bowl Championship Series schools.

Manning is the only coach from the Mid-American Conference to make the list.

He helped the Rockets attain the No. 1 recruiting class in the Mid-American Conference, according to every national scouting service.

Manning recently completed his first season as the Rockets’ offensive line coach. Previously, he served at UT as a graduate assistant and director of football operations from 2009 to 2010.

In 2011, Manning was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Mount Union.

“Tommy did a great job recruiting in the Cleveland area and with the offensive line,” UT Head Football Coach Matt Campbell said. “He definitely deserves the recognition. But I would add that our entire staff did a fantastic job recruiting this year. An honor like this reflects on the efforts of the entire staff.”

Here’s what Rivals had to say about Manning: 

”In his first year back at Toledo, this time as the program’s offensive line coach, Manning helped to rebuild the Rockets’ line with four able bodies, including A.J. Bolden, whom Manning flipped from Buffalo. He was also responsible for landing three-star running back Kareem Hunt, defensive end John Stepec and linebacker Zach Quinn, all of whom listed BCS offers. Having a 9-4 record gives any coach a recruiting boost, but something should be said for capitalizing on it.”

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