Arch Manning is no longer the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2023 on every major recruiting web site.
That is because ESPN dropped Manning to No. 2 behind Malachi Nelson of Los Alamitos, California.
ESPN’s recruiting analysts, Craig Haubert and Tom Luginbill explained the decision:
“With Nelson, we have seen a larger sample size, and the 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback has faced a higher level of competition for Los Alamitos High School (California). He has also developed physically, which has lead to more arm velocity. In our multiple in-person evaluations this spring and summer, our biggest observation from Nelson has been the growth beyond physical maturity as we see a more seasoned leader. His abilities in game, as well as his performances at camps and combines, make us confident he is now the No. 1 quarterback in the class. (Manning is still No. 2.)”
Nelson is a 6-foot-3, 182-pound quarterback who committed to Lincoln Riley and the USC Trojans last November. Last season, Nelson threw for 2,690 yards and 39 touchdowns with eight interceptions.
Nelson and Manning are the first two quarterbacks to hold the top spots of ESPN’s rankings since Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence in 2018.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.