Where They Are Now:
Conner Manning – El Toro QB – Class of 2013 – Currently Playing QB at Georgia St.
HIGH SCHOOL: Record-setting prep passer at El Toro High School in Southern California, where he threw for 9,449 career yards to rank second in Orange County history behind former USC quarterback Matt Barkley … Threw 88 career touchdown passes with just 26 interceptions … Set the Orange County season record with 4,219 yards passing as a junior in 2011, when he was Orange County Offensive Player of the Year, CIF Southwest division co-Offensive Player of the Year and Sky View League MVP … As a senior in 2012, he completed 65 percent of his pass attempts (319-of-490) for 4,062 yards and 41 TDs (10 interceptions) … Set the county’s single-game passing mark with 613 yards, along with seven touchdowns passes, that year vs. Valhalla High School … Added 1,168 yards passing with six touchdowns as a sophomore … First-team All-Orange County as a junior and senior … 2011 first-team Max Preps California Division II all-state and Cal Hi Sports first-team all-state underclassman … 2012 second-team Max Preps California Division I all-state … 2012 Rivals.com all-Southern section first team … Two-year team captain.
AT GEORGIA STATE: Starting quarterback who joined the program in 2016 as a graduate transfer Led the Sun Belt with 268.4 passing yards per game … Tied for second in the league with 16 touchdown passes (in 10 games) and second in total offense (268.1 pg) … Passed for 2,684 yards on 207-of-373 completions … Averaged 302.4 yards passing with 13 TD passes in his seven Sun Belt games, first in the league in both categories … Connected with five different receivers for 100-yard games (only one FBS team had more) … In the last three games (ULM, Georgia Southern and Idaho) after recovering from shoulder injury, he threw for 1006 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 16.2 yards per completion.
Went 82 passes without an interception from the Ball State game until the Appalachian State game … Passed for 340 yards in win over Texas State with two touchdown passes and one touchdown rushing … Followed with career high 28 completions for 381 yards and three touchdowns at Troy. Against Arkansas State passed for 237 yards on 22 completions with one touchdown.
Passed for a career-high 422 yards and three TDs on just 19 completions vs. ULM, the second-highest single-game total in GSU history. Threw for 318 yards and accounted for three touchdowns in win over Georgia Southern. Had TD passes of 28 yards to Robert Davis and 15 yards to Glenn Smith and scored on a 1-yard run … Threw two TD passes at Idaho.
PERSONAL: Full name is Conner Stanley Manning … Son of Steve and Patty Manning … Born Sept. 11, 1994 … Brother Kyle played quarterback at Arkansas-Monticello and brother Chris played college baseball at Valparaiso … Earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Utah and is pursuing a master’s in sports administration at Georgia State.
Dominic Collins – El Toro WR: Class of 2014 – Currently playing WR at Missouri
A big-bodied, smooth athlete with a great blend of speed and size, the playmaking Collins comes to Mizzou after an impressive career at Saddleback Community College … Has three years to complete two years of eligibility at Mizzou … Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals … Was sensational at Saddleback, amassing 1,299 receiving yards in 13 games, scoring 14 touchdowns while averaging 99.9 yards per contest … Went over the 100-yard mark in seven of 13 games last season, including a career-best 197-yard performance with three scores in a 37-20 win over Riverside on Nov. 21 … Had three games with 10+ catches … Had five games with multiple touchdowns last season, including in each of the last three contests … Helped Saddleback to a 10-3 record on the year … Led Saddleback in catches, yards, scores, yards per catch and had the longest catch of the season (93 yards) last year as a sophomore … Named Saddleback Player of the Year in 2015 … Junior college coach: Mark McElroy … Had an outstanding high school career at El Toro High School under head coach Robert Frith … El Toro High School Athlete of the Year in 2013 … Set two Orange Country receiving records during his high school career … Finished his varsity career with 3,088 receiving yards and 35 receiving touchdowns, going over 1,000 yards in each of his final two seasons … Had 106 catches for 1,328 yards and 15 scores as a senior and 1,013 yards and 11 scores as a junior … As a sophomore, he caught 51 passes for 747 yards and nine scores … All-CIF honoree and an All-County and All-League selection as a senior at El Toro … Primary recruiter: Andy Hill … Cited his close relationship with Mizzou’s coaches as his primary reason for signing with Mizzou …Parents: Wayne Collins and Robbin Jones … Plans to enroll in Mizzou’s school of arts and sciences … Enjoys skateboarding and snowboarding and says he begins each day by reading in the morning …Chose Mizzou over Cal, Middle Tennessee and Utah.
River Simmons – El Toro DB: Class of 2016 – Currently playing DB at Doane
River Simmons, an El Toro fixture and lock-down cornerback, took his defensive prowess to the mid-west this past season. The Doane Tigers, led by their 10 year head coach Matt Franzen, signed River to board their program and have an impact in their secondary. Doane College is located in the heart of football county, Crete, Nebraska. During the 2015 season at El Toro, River helped lead a talented El Toro Defense, as he intercepted 7 passes including a pick 6 against rival Trabuco that went the length of the field, and another against East Lake of Chula Vista when he jumped a route and raced down the sideline for another score. River embodies all the traits of El Toro football and is carrying those traditions at Doane. High character, excels in the classroom, and exhibits honesty, integrity, and hard work in everything he does. The Tiger’s have a winner in River Simmons, and all of us in the Charger Nation are proud.