Arch Manning is currently the best quarterback prospect in the country and the most highly sought-after player in his 2023 high school class.
In recent weeks, a new school has quietly emerged as the favorite to land Arch’s services when he finally goes off to college.
According to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, Georgia is a team to watch.
“Well, he loves Georgia,” Wiltfong said on the 247Sports Football Recruiting Podcast. “I think that he had a fantastic visit there this summer, likes the pro-style offense that (coordinator and quarterbacks) coach (Todd) Monken runs, and told me that Athens is the best college town he’s been to. And then you go to a game on Saturday night against South Carolina, and the fans, the student section obviously made him feel welcome.
“I was talking a little bit to the family after the trip, they just reiterated what a great town it is at Georgia. And close relationship with (offensive line coach) Matt Luke, Matt Luke obviously the former head coach at Ole Miss where Arch’s family has so many ties. So they know coach Luke, (head coach) Kirby Smart played against Peyton Manning. They’ve known Kirby for a long time.
“There’s just a lot of connections there that the Manning family has with the Georgia staff, and I think Georgia’s in a terrific position to land Arch but it’s still early in his process and he’s going to take some other visits this fall and just continue to see what he likes.”
Over the next few weeks, Arch has a lot of visits scheduled. He will spend time with Alabama on Oct. 2, Texas on Oct. 16, Ole Miss on Oct. 23 and Clemson on Oct. 30. Obviously, there will be plenty of opportunities for others to turn the youngster’s head. But at the moment, Georgia definitely seems like the frontrunner to land his services.
So far this season the Isidore Newman High School star quarterback has been on a different level. Last Friday he threw five touchdowns in the team’s 59-7 victory over Pearl River – moving his squad to 3-0 on the year.
In 2020, Arch recorded 1,922 yards, 21 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 146-for-219 passing while leading his school to a 9-1 record and Louisiana Division III state semifinal berth as a sophomore.
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One season earlier, in 2019, he accumulated 2,438 yards, 34 touchdowns and 6 picks on 194-for-296 passing while leading his school to a 9-2 record and second-round playoff appearance in Louisiana’s Division III bracket.
By any objective measure, this kid is going to be a star in college. Which school will he ultimately play for? Time will tell.