UCLA Football Recruiting: Valencia Running Back Steven Manfro To Visit UCLA

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIJanuary 13, 2011

Steven Manfro, a 2-star running back, will make an official visit to UCLA later this month.
Steven Manfro, a 2-star running back, will make an official visit to UCLA later this month.

After a dismal 2010 season which resulted in a 4-8 record and put head coach Rick Neuheisel's job status in question, UCLA football will be trying to turn things around, starting with the 2011 recruiting class.

In a recruiting class that boasts one 4-star recruit in dual-threat quarterback Brett Hundley in addition to six 3-stars and one 2-star, the Bruins have another visit scheduled for this month.

Valencia High School (CA) running back Steven Manfro, rated a 2-star by Rivals.com, is an extremely underrated prospect as he has accounted for 3,758 total yards as well as upwards of 50 total touchdowns concerning rushing, receiving and kick return statistics.

While the aforementioned information may look excellent on paper, his relatively small 5'10", 185-pound frame could be cause for concern as once he goes up against the big defensive lines of Division I football, and the Pac-12 in particular (the Pac-10 will add Utah and Colorado next season), he could possibly experience a drop in production.

Manfro could be a good asset in the newly implemented Wildcat offense, as his 4.42 40-yard-dash time makes him one of the fastest players in the nation. In addition, given his good hands, he could possibly line up at wide receiver—although his height will probably be a factor. 

Manfro has one scholarship offer, from the University of Wyoming Cowboys, and his official visit to UCLA's Westwood campus will take place on January 21st. 

Manfro has Boise State, Fresno State, Missouri, New Mexico State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Troy, UCLA, UNLV and Wyoming listed as schools in consideration—all listed as "Medium" interest level. 

If Manfro does commit to UCLA, he would most likely be competing with Malcom Jones for the third-string running back position.

Time will tell if Manfro actually commits to the Bruins, but if he does, UCLA has a good replacement for running backs Johnathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman.