Name: Freddie Manning
Height & Weight: 5’3 107
Team: Forestview Steelers
When it comes to hot spots for talent and ball players in the state of Florida, South Florida area comes to mind first but Jacksonville has a very fertile talent pool as well. Duval County is home to some of the best Football in the state rather it’s High School or Youth Football. When you think of Duval County top youth football programs Grand Park & Sweetwater come to mind for outsiders. 2015 was the year of the Forestview Steelers Jr. Peewee’s who two years prior lost in the regional Championship game at the same Jr. Peewee level. This year Forestview would have an X-Factor known as Freddie Manning AKA FM3 that would help to propel his team over the hurdle in their way. The Overtown Tornadoes known as the Money Team from Miami came in favored to win the Southeast Regional Championship because of their tenacious defense. What the Tornadoes didn’t prepare for was stopping Freddie from getting loose at Receiver which seemed to be the biggest problem of the day.
Meet FM3 your average looking 6th grader who takes a special liking to math and also playing Basketball. This young phenom is a pure playmaker accounting for over 400 yards rushing & over 500 yards receiving. Did I neglect to mention he was responsible for 16 touchdowns that’s 8 receiving, 5 rushing, 3 punt returns just put the ball in his hands and he is sure to find the promise land. What stands out about Freddie is how smooth his release is off the line as a receiver, this kid can run routes & jump and catch the ball at its highest point with the best of them. If we talking about hands FM3 got those catcher mitt hands so it touches his palms it’s as good as caught. GenNexXt first time seeing Freddie would always be memorable because this kid caught 5 passes for 127 with 1 receiving touchdown on a fade. You know a kid is special when the whole stadium knew he is getting the ball and you still couldn’t stop him the Tornadoes learned firsthand. Freddie lead his team to a Southeast Regional Championship and a trip to Disney to compete for a National Championship.
The Forestview Steelers entered Disney on a mission and a quest to become National Champions. Before all was said and done Freddie and his team would fall short of their goal losing a close one in the National Championship to the Virginia Beach Mustangs 12-8. While Freddie could hang his head about losing one thing he could be happy about was leaving his mark on Nationals. Everybody knew who Freddie Manning was even in defeat Forestview outscored opponents 43-0 the first two rounds, but guess who accounted for their only score in the Title game you guessed Freddie. FM3 National Stats- 2 rushing tds, 1 punt return td , 1 receiving td this kid left it all on the field. Freddie’s unique skill set makes him an Elite 2022 prospect around the nation and if you doubt it check out Espn3 and you’d be hard pressed to disagree. Keep an eye out for this 2022 Young Phenom he is sure to command many Defensive Coordinators undivided attention.