High school phenom and heir apparent to the Manning Football Dynasty, Arch Manning, has been taking unofficial recruiting visits to various programs across the nation over the past few months.
Thus far, he has visited Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Texas, SMU and Ole Miss.
That said, a new serious contender threw its hat into the mix this week.
According to Josh Pate of 247Sports, Texas is increasingly looking like a potentially likely destination for Arch.
Gotta feel Texas is a major player for Arch Manning, they killed it this weekend. Still believe they’ll need early success on the field this fall though. pic.twitter.com/NTvirjMx9R
— Josh Pate (@LateKickJosh) June 14, 2021
“I think they hit a home run, I think they are squarely in the mix for Arch Manning,” Pate said on Late Kick.
“But eventually, they’re going to have to have something tangible. Because there’s going to be too much tangible result to be seen from Alabama and the likes of Clemson. Texas has got to get it done.
“They have to show you something in weeks one and two because if you are to come out of summer on this massive recruiting hype wave and then you start to show product on the field earlier than anyone expected, that starts a snowball effect. That’s how you really start to take off in recruiting even in year one under a new staff and that’s how incredible things can happen.”
Last season 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.
One year 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.
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 17, 2021
Although Uncle Eli is clearly busy with his special new New York Giants gig, even he can’t ignore his nephew’s progress. This week, he revealed the simple bit of advice he offered the youngster.
“I’m not super-involved or giving too much advice,” Eli admitted, per the Lafayette Daily Advertiser. “I would just encourage him to focus on playing high school football.”
At this point, the race to sign Arch appears to be down to two teams. Will Texas ultimately make the cut? Time will tell.