Tennessee Vols fans should just go ahead and get prepared.

Arch Manning, the nephew of Vol legend Peyton Manning, is going to break their hearts.

The five-star quarterback looks like one of the top 2023 recruits in the nation. He already has the necessary skills to thrive in the SEC.

And he still has two years of high school remaining.

While Vol fans are salivating at the thought of Peyton’s nephew landing in Knoxville and helping return Tennessee to its former glory, it’s unlikely that’s what will actually happen.

Manning’s connection to Tennessee through Peyton isn’t going to be what his college decision is based on.

Arch will make his decision based on what’s best for his future. He’s not going to land at a program that’s “in construction” (like Tennessee). Manning is going to end up at an established program that consistently sends quarterbacks to the NFL.

Alabama, Clemson, and LSU are the early frontrunners for Manning. Georgia and Texas are also factors. Ole Miss, thanks to even stronger family connections (Eli Manning, Archie Manning, and Cooper Manning, his dad), is right up there, too.

Tennessee just isn’t the type of program that’s going to attract a player like Arch right now. Even if Josh Heupel turns the program around over the next two seasons, the Vols would still be way behind programs like Alabama and Clemson that have proven track records.

Watching Arch Manning excel at a program that’s not Tennessee — while his uncle Peyton likely cheers him on — is going to be extremely tough for the UT fan base.

Vol fans, however, need to be ready for the heartache. It’s going to be unavoidable.

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