This might be the best SEC story for this year’s signing day.
Longtime Auburn commit Tashawn Manning, who is battling cancer, will be allowed to sign a letter of intent with the Tigers on Wednesday after being granted an NCAA waiver, per 247sports.com’s Keith Niebuhr. Manning will apparently not count against Auburn’s scholarship numbers.
Manning is from Apopka, Fla., and complained about a shortness of breath after his senior season, per al.com’s Wesley Sinor. He was diagnosed with cancer around Thanksgiving, and immediately began chemotherapy for acute promyelocytic leukemia.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Manning lost 45 pounds during the first month of treatment, but his father told Sinor that Tashawn is now “down to zero leukemia cells.”
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn treated Manning as a regular recruit, making an-home visit last week. The Tigers applied for an NCAA waiver to freeze Manning’s football eligibility until he was healthy enough to play again.
— Keith Niebuhr (@Keith247Sports) February 3, 2016