Arch Manning is the top-ranked quarterback prospect in the nation and the most highly sought-after high school player in the 2023 class.
As things currently stand, the Isidore Newman prospect is said to be considering three universities, with two in particular holding a special place in his heart and one being the prohibitive favorite.
Manning also seems to have settled on which schools he is unofficially removing from the running, and one in particular is a pretty big name institution.
Unfortunately, it appears as though LSU has fallen out of the race for the quarterback phenom.
“And as of now, he doesn’t have a visit to Baton Rouge planned (instead, he’s visiting Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Texas, Ole Miss, and possibly Tulane, which is located in his hometown of New Orleans),” reported Zach Rogan of the Death Valley Voice.
“It’s a bit surprising that Manning didn’t mention LSU as a place he’ll visit this fall, though he acknowledged that he’s still speaking with the Tigers. The poor offensive play this season, combined with the uncertainty surrounding Ed Orgeron’s future, has likely scared Manning away from LSU (at least for now).”
This past week Manning completed 19-of-34 passes for three touchdowns in Isidore Newman’s 28-0 victory over Vanderbilt Catholic High in Houma, Louisiana. Clearly this kid is more than just hype and genuinely has the potential to be a gamechanger for any collegiate program – including LSU.
Now that’s a wedding dress. https://t.co/lTPUx6ziGr
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 20, 2021
Sadly, the Tigers have fallen on rough times since their unexpected Joe Burrow-led National Championship. They’ve been the object of ridicule from opposing schools and have suffered one indignity after another at the hands of head coach Ed Orgeron – highlighted by his embarrassing leaked photo scandal.
Is it possible that Manning ultimately decides to go to LSU? Sure. Anything can happen. But is that where the smart money is right now? Absolutely not.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.