Arch Manning is the most highly-touted high school football prospect in the country. The mania surrounding his recruitment has reached unparalleled levels.
At one point in time, Alabama was viewed as a legitimate favorite to land the youngster.
Between the way his family spoke of Nick Saban and the fact that the Crimson Tide always found itself in the conversation for Arch’s services, it seemed like a match made in heaven.
Unfortunately, the warm feelings have cooled in recent months.
“When talking to different sources close to this recruitment, I have started to hear more about Georgia and Texas,” college football insider Chad Simmons wrote last week. “Alabama is still Alabama — and Nick Saban, Bill O’Brien and Pete Golding have all been involved. But there has been a little more chatter around the Bulldogs and Longhorns in recent weeks.”
Moreover, Alabama’s odds of attaining Arch have been described as “fading” in some circles.
Alabama’s chances to land Five-Star Plus+ QB Arch Manning are fading away according to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine. Texas and Georgia are still leading the way…
— On3 Recruits (@On3Recruits) May 4, 2022
It’s unclear what has changed. Obviously the topic of Saban’s coaching future and his longevity have become increasingly common as of late. There’s a reason folks are discussing the four most likely candidates to replace him.
But Saban hasn’t indicated that he is going anywhere just yet. So clearly the fit is just off or something.
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Beyond that, everything is still up in the air.
Where will Arch ultimately end up going to school when it’s all said and done?
Time will tell.
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.