St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes running back Darius Manora orally committed to Yale earlier this week, choosing the Ivy League school over Navy and a handful of Football Championship Subdivision offers.

St. Stephen's/St. Agnes running back Darius Manora was a first-team all-IAC selection. (Mark Gail/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

“It came down to pretty much, did I think I was going to be good enough to play in the NFL?” Manora said. “Or did I want to make the most money possible after college?”

That thought-process cleared everything up for Manora, who said he will pursue a possible double-major in communications and business at Yale. And as for football, he won’t be forced to redshirt. Yale finished 2-8 this fall, and lost 34-24 to Harvard in its season finale.

Manora was a first-team all-Interstate Athletic Conference selection at running back this fall for St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, which jumped out to a 5-0 start before skidding on the back stretch of its schedule, finishing 6-4 and 1-3 in the IAC. Manora also attracted recruiting attention as a safety during his senior season, but he plans to play his natural position for the Bulldogs.

“Everyone thinks an Ivy is like, a downgrade type of football,” said Manora. “But for the ones that do, you know, want to go to the Ivies, you definitely have to put academics first in school. . . . If you’re a good enough football player, they’ll find you.”

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