Arch Manning is the top high school prospect in the country and widely regarded as the best quarterback recruit around.
Where he will ultimately go to school next has become an extremely popular topic of conversation.
For weeks, four universities were consistently viewed as the top potential suitors for his services.
This week, however – a surprising new dark horse emerged.
“Five-star QB and the No. 1 overall player in 2023 Arch Manning is visiting UVA on Friday,” reported college football insider Jacquie Franciulli.
Why is this notable? Because Manning literally just eliminated one of the best universities in the country from his list despite them winning multiple championships over the past decade.
And yet UVA makes the cut?
As it turns out, there is a simple explanation.
“His mom and his aunt are both Hoos,” reported Jack Fitzsimmon, the Sports Director for WCAX. “I know he’s not actually going to come to UVa…but can you imagine the hot takes if he actually did?”
The topic of Manning’s recruitment has reached unparallel levels of craziness. A now-viral clip of him giving some random blonde a pledge to a university in bed nearly broke the internet a while back. That is how mind-blowingly insane the proceedings have become.
In that vein, him visiting UVA and launching a day’s worth of college football hot takes in the process in unsurprising.
In 2021 Manning amassed 1,913 passing yards and 26 passing touchdowns over the course of 10 games. Beyond that, he also contributed 381 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns on the ground.
Manning undoubtedly has the potential to be a difference maker.
Paulina Gretzky just stole the show at the Masters. https://t.co/SA9gAXW2HC
— Game 7 (@game7__) April 8, 2022
Will he lead UVA to a championship at some point in the foreseeable future? Probably not.
But is it crazy that they are even a part of this conversation in any capacity?