HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-Defensive back Donaldven Manning has joined the Marshall Football program after transferring from Virginia Tech University, the department announced Tuesday afternoon. After sitting out his year in residency, he will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Manning appeared in eight games for the Hokies in 2012, totaling four tackles and an interception on the season. He was listed as the starter at cornerback in VT’s June depth chart.
The Miami, Fla. native attended Miami Central, the same high school that produced Thundering Herd quarterback Rakeem Cato and wideout Tommy Shuler.
Manning was a second-team all-state 6A selection during his senior season of high school and was ranked the 11th-best cornerback in the country and the 27th-best player in Florida by Rivals.com.
“We’re extremely excited for Donaldven to join our program,” said Doc Holliday. “He will be a tremendous asset to our secondary and I know that Coach (Chuck) Heater is excited to start working with him.”
Marshall will be back in action Saturday as Gardner-Webb visits for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday night.