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)

Manora, a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder who rushed for 1,311 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Saints this fall, said Wednesday that in recent weeks he narrowed his list down to Yale and Harvard. Manora said he also garnered interest from Wake Forest during the season but never secured a scholarship offer, and in turn decided Yale was the best fit academically and athletically.

“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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