Five-star quarterback Arch Manning is the most coveted recruit in the 2023 recruiting class.
Manning has a famous last name, a rich football pedigree, and he has the talent to be the biggest star in college football.
So where is the highly-touted recruit going to land?
Over the last several months, it’s appeared that Manning has narrowed his list of potential programs to six: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, and Texas.
Comments this week from Manning, however, seem to indicate that the Louisiana native is down to three schools: Alabama, Georgia, and Texas.
Manning recently spoke to Rivals.com about his recruitment and he noted that he only has three official visits planned for now.
“I think Texas, Alabama, and Georgia will all get official visits,” said Manning. “That’s probably it right now.”
Manning could obviously add more official visits later this summer (his commitment likely won’t come until the fall), but it’s quite telling that those three official visits are the only ones he has locked in. The general rule of thumb in recruiting is to follow the visits if you want to know what a recruit is planning to do.
The five-star quarterback also said something else this week that tipped his hand and seemingly eliminated a couple of programs.
Manning mentioned that he wants to see how Texas progresses in Steve Sarkisian’s second season. He understands that the first year at Texas was going to be a challenge for Sarkisian. Manning, though, wants to see improvement in year two from the Longhorns before making his decision.
“It was Coach Sark’s first year with a whole new roster that he hadn’t recruited,” said Manning. “It’s definitely hard to go in and be successful. I’m looking forward to see[ing] what they can do this year, that’s kind of my deciding factor there. A year under his belt to see what he can do now.”
That comment seemingly rules out Florida and LSU, as both programs have first-year head coaches. It seems clear that Manning needs more information from first-year head coaches before making his commitment. Florida and LSU simply don’t have enough time.
Ole Miss is the wild card in this. Most of Manning’s family went to Ole Miss, which is why the Rebels are still technically in this. But there doesn’t seem to be much momentum for an Arch to Ole Miss outcome to this high-profile recruiting battle.
There are still several months to go before we find out where Manning will land. But as he inches closer to a decision, we at least have some clues as to where he’ll end up.
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