Arch Manning recruiting: Where do Georgia, Texas and Alabama rank in the race to land a five-star QB
Chances are you’ve heard of Arch Manning.
Manning is the No. 1 recruit in the nation for the Class of 2023. Five-star New Orleans high school quarterback Isidore Newman has an impeccable recruiting profile. Manning is also the next generation QB from a football royal family line.
Now, what are the chances of your school landing in Manning? It was a little harder to pin down. Traditional powerhouses Alabama, Georgia and Texas were considered favorites throughout the process, but Florida, LSU and Ole Miss were also part of the conversation.
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Sporting News takes a look at Manning’s recruiting profile and ranks these six schools based on which would be best positioned to get Manning for 2023:
Arch Manning Recruitment Profile
Manning is the No. 1 recruit for the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports.com. Manning (6-4, 215) is entering his senior season at Isidore Newman High School. He passed for 6,307 yards, 81 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
He has a perfect ranking on 247Sports.com. Only six quarterbacks have been rated at .999 or higher on the site. Here’s a look at those quarterbacks:
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It’s a select group. Lawrence and Fields were among the top 11 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, and Young won the Heisman Trophy last season at Alabama. Ewers transferred to Texas this season and Nelson is in the same class as Manning.
Arch Manning’s family
Manning will be one of the most popular players in college football in 2023. He is the son of Cooper Manning. Arch’s grandfather, Archie, was a star quarterback at Ole Miss who finished third in Heisman voting in 1970.
Peyton Manning passed for 11,201 yards, 89 touchdowns and 33 interceptions at Tennessee from 1994 to 1997. He was second in Heisman voting. Eli Manning passed for 11,019 yards, 81 touchdowns and 35 interceptions at Ole Miss from 2000-2003. He finished third in Heisman voting in 2003.
Peyton and Eli were both No. 1 in the NFL Draft, and they combined for four Super Bowl wins. Archie was the second pick in the 1971 NFL Draft.
Despite this impressive lineage, Arch Manning doesn’t feel he has to live up to his name.
“I really don’t see it that way at all,” Arch Manning said via Dawg Nation. “I’m just playing football with my friends. Just a bunch of good guys. It was fun. I really don’t feel any pressure playing football. It’s really fun for me.”
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Manning did not set a timeline for his decision. 247Sports.com lists Alabama, Georgia and Texas as favorites to land the quarterback for the 2023 season. Sporting News looks at the best fits:
Manning made headlines when he praised Kirby Smart and said, “Athens is probably the best college town I’ve been to,” according to On3.com. Georgia and Texas are favorites right now, and the Bulldogs have a few advantages. Georgia just won a national championship, offensive coordinator Todd Monken has established a good relationship with Manning, and the roster is filled with four- and five-star talent built through Smart’s elite recruiting. Carson Beck and five-star Brock Vandagriff will be the other quarterbacks on the roster in 2023, but it’s a job Manning could earn.
Manning has visited Texas five times and plans to visit at least once more before Steve Sarkisian’s second season with the Longhorns. Texas will also face Alabama on September 10 in Austin. Hudson Card and Ewers were battling for the starting position in the spring, and it’s a position Ewers needs to earn before we can talk about the potential for a battle with Manning in 2023. Would playing for Texas be more stressful than carrying Manning’s legacy? It’s debatable, but if Manning brings Texas back once and for all, the hype leading up to his NFL career would be off the charts, even by Manning family standards.
The Crimson Tide remains the most logical fit for a quarterback transition. Manning would be the favorite to start in 2023 over a national championship contender. Alabama’s last three starting quarterbacks – Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones – have all been first-round NFL picks. Manning could grow with offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and move the Nick Saban dynasty forward in what could be its final chapter. So what’s the heist? Four-star quarterback Eli Holstein is also part of Alabama’s 2023 recruiting plan. “Bama obviously likes Eli Holstein,” 247Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins said in a May 5 podcast. “They’re not going to wait for Arch. Still, if Arch chooses Alabama, it would alter that plan.”
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Manning has yet to visit Florida, but On3.com’s Chad Simmons reports a visit with the Gators is a possibility. New coach Billy Napier knew Manning during his time in Louisiana and he has a winning track record. Anthony Richardson is Florida’s presumptive starter, but he could be gone after this season. It’s long, but worth keeping an eye out for if Manning makes this official visit.
We already know Brian Kelly will go all out for a rookie, and Manning intends to come to an LSU game this season. The close-to-home factor is at work, and Joe Burrow has proven that an elite quarterback can turn LSU into a national championship contender overnight. Jayden Daniels and Myles Brennan are battling for the starting position this season. Manning would probably be in the running for the starting job now, but Kelly has some work to do.
6. Ole Miss
Lane Kiffin doesn’t need to work too hard on the family angle given the legacy Archie and Eli left at Ole Miss. Kiffin can sell an offense averaging 492.5 yards per game in 2021 and is expected to continue rolling with Jaxson Dart in 2022. Dart came to Ole Miss through the transfer portal and would have at least one more year with the rebels. It’s not a deal-breaker considering Manning could win this competition as a rookie. The Rebels are likely on the sidelines, but those family ties will keep them in the conversation until the decision is made. Ole Miss has a commitment of three-star quarterback Marcel Reed for the class of 2023.