Junior university center Valdir Manuel He has been released from his Letter of Intent to Penn State and will not be joining the Nittany Lions for the 2020-21 season, a source from the show told Lions247. No specific reason was given for the separation of the roads.
Manuel was scheduled to enroll in Penn State for the second summer semester, which begins July 1. You are now free to search for opportunities in other programs.
This continues what can best be described as a turbulent recruiting process for the 6ft 10ft, 225lb.
Featured in mighty St. Patrick in Elizabeth, NJ, he engaged Seton Hall over Illinois, Syracuse, and Wake Forest in March 2018. But he never signed a binding Letter of Intent with the Pirates.
In July 2018, he moved from Seton Hall to St. Joe’s, reportedly due to academic problems that could have left him on the sidelines. In September of that year, it was announced that he had left St. Joe’s and was looking for college opportunities. She landed at Harcum College, a juco in nearby Bryn Mawr, Pa.
In December 2018, Manuel became engaged to St. John’s and later coach Chris Mullin. But when Mullin resigned from St. John’s in April 2019, Manuel dropped out of the program.
Manuel paid an official visit to Happy Valley last fall for the Penn State-Purdue soccer game. He later became engaged to the Nittany Lions over West Virginia and Rhode Island.
He made his announcement via Twitter on October 24 and said in part: “I have been through a lot and I have come so far; I will not resign, I am a great worker. I went to juco and ground every day. I fought and remained faithful. I learned many things about life and I realized that with a lot of work you can change your trip and today is a beautiful day ”.
Another interesting tweet from Manuel came in early October, during his visit to Penn State. He said, “Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you are standing.”
247Sports ranked Manuel as the 14th best overall prospect and second best center in the 2020 junior college class. With him not joining the program, senior John Harrar it is left as the only true center for the Nittany Lions.