As Tashawn Manning’s season came to a close, the Auburn signee began experiencing a shortness of breath.
Towards the end of November, the three-star defensive tackle was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, a form of cancer.
Soon after, Manning immediately began chemotherapy. He would lose close to 45 pounds before returning to his original weight.
“I got my appetite back,” Manning said jokingly.
Manning, who will continue his treatment for the next nine months, plans to enroll at Auburn in January of 2017. He was originally scheduled to take part in treatment for 30 months.
In February, he was granted a waiver by the NCAA to sign his letter of intent with the Tigers.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive tackle from Apopka, Fla., recently spoke with SEC Country about his recruitment process, which school came in second and the biggest rumor about him.
What school came in second? What could they have done better?
“Tennessee. If they would have offered me earlier, I would have built a better relationship.”
What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true?
“My weight. They still had my freshman weight, which was like 255 (pounds). I’m about 280. It was stuck on my freshman or sophomore year.”
Which school disappointed you the most during your recruitment?
“I think I was given fair treatment by every school.”
Which college would you have liked to have been offered by?
“Florida State would have been nice.”
What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process?
“Not going to as many camps, I guess. I could’ve went to more team camps.”
Which coach that you didn’t sign with was the hardest to say no to?
“(FAU defensive line) Coach (Terrance) Jamison. They were my first offer. He (recruited me) real, real strong. ‘We want you.’ I was really considering FAU until I started getting more offers and then I had to tell them no. But they were from the beginning all the way until the end.”
If you were in charge of the NCAA, what is the one rule you would change about recruiting?
“The dead period between the player and the coach. When they can’t call you. I would allow them free contact.”