The Arch Manning recruiting tour appears to be one of the most closely-watched stories in football right now.
Believed by many to be the next great generational quarterback prospect, the nation’s number one recruit for the 2023 class has his pick of the litter when it comes to choosing which college program he’ll attend. Among the favorites are Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Ole Miss.
His most recent recruiting visit was to Georgia, where Arch was spotted at a restaurant in Athens, taking in the atmosphere around him.
Arch and his father Cooper were apparently quite impressed with their visit to the Bulldogs’ facilities over the weekend. Manning’s high school coach, Nelson Stewart, provided some insight on how things went for Kirby Smart’s club:
“Both he and his dad loved the organization of practice,” Isidore Newman head coach Nelson Stewart said. “It was really, just everybody was always moving. They loved the meetings and installs with Coach (Todd) Monken. It sounded like the structure was just great. Everything flowed and the attention to detail. Obviously Kirby’s enthusiasm, not just with the starters but with the backups, that was something both said was great. The energy Kirby has, you see on the sideline, coaching all his players, not just one specific group.
“Obviously they love Athens. Love the facilities and I think they came away reaffirmed with things they thought. Just incredibly well organized, energetic and I’m glad he’s able to go into meetings and go into practice and see how things are really run. That’s the neat thing about Arch, his family, this recruitment. It’s not about the bells and whistles, it’s about getting in the weeds and seeing how things work and forming those relationships and I think both came back really excited about everything he saw.”
That’s certainly some high praise for Georgia and it has to have them liking their chances of getting one of the nation’s most highly-touted high schoolers in decades. However, it appears as though the Bulldogs are suddenly facing some additional competition, as two new schools have been rising up Arch’s list.
According to 247Sports, both LSU and Florida, whom Manning has expressed mild interest in previously, have recently been moving up the young quarterback’s charts thanks to recent moves within the programs.
At one point Florida and LSU weren’t even a factor but with the changes at the helm at each program, those schools are rising for Manning.
At this point, most recruits are usually narrowing down their options, but Arch seems to be expanding his. All that really means is this race for the next great Manning should only get even more interesting over the coming months.
With six schools now believed to be in the running, it’s time for each of them to pull out the big guns and do whatever it takes to get Arch on their campus in 2023.