2023 five-star quarterback Arch Manning is one of the most sought-after recruits in the nation.
And for good reason.
He has possibly the greatest football pedigree ever for a recruit. Arch is the grandson of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning, the nephew of Eli and Peyton Manning, and the son of Cooper Manning, who was set to star at Ole Miss as a wide receiver before spinal stenosis prematurely ended his football career.
Nearly every college football fan base in the country — specifically fan bases in the south — is hoping to see Arch don their program’s colors in the fall of 2023.
Only a handful of programs, however, have a legitimate chance to land Arch.
And those programs are likely the ones that received visits from Arch this summer.
So far, Arch has visited six schools since visits were allowed to resume in early June — Clemson, SMU, Texas, LSU, Alabama, and Georgia.
This week, Arch added one more visit to his schedule for the end of July. According to Rivals, the five-star quarterback will visit Ole Miss, a program where Arch has deep family connections.
“We’re gonna be up in Mississippi and he’s gonna pop over there,” said Cooper this week (via Rivals). “He hasn’t gotten to know Lane (Kiffin) or (offensive coordinator) Jeff Lebby and (he’ll) just go there as a recruit. It’s one thing to go up there as a teenager running around and being a guy and it’s another to go up there and hear the pitch.”
According to Rivals national recruiting analyst Sam Spiegelman, the visit to Ole Miss is expected to be Arch’s final visit of the summer.
At this point, I think it’s fair to say that Tennessee isn’t on Arch’s radar, despite the Peyton connection.
That could obviously change over the next year, but the Vols have a lot of work to do if they’re going to become a serious contender to land Arch Manning.
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