Arch Manning is regarded by many as one of the most prominent high school athletes to come along in a very long time.
There is no football legacy more impressive than that of the Manning family that includes Peyton, Eli, and Archie. However, not everybody thinks Arch deserves all the accolades he is getting from the National media.
In a recent interview, major recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said Arch would be a three-star recruit were it not for his last name: Manning.
“If his last name wasn’t Manning, he would be a 3-star,” he said.
Watching his film and you will come away impressed, but it should be noted that Arch plays against a low level of competition. He also does not shine brighter than other top quarterback recruits like Malachi Nelson (USC commit), Dante Moore (Oregon commit) and Nico Iamaleava (Tennessee commit).
“He plays a very low level of competition, he hasn’t progressed,” Farrell added. “He had a really good freshman season, I wouldn’t say regression but he hasn’t progressed. And when he has had to step up against other competition, especially the playoff game where he looked awful. It just hasn’t translated. Now, the Manning name is important. It’s not just the name but what goes into that. Cooper was a tremendous athlete, obviously Eli and Peyton and Archie are great football minds. This kid has been taught from a young age.
You have to assume based on the success of everyone else in that family; Cooper would have been very good as an athlete had he not had that athlete; that he’s going to be good. So, high 3 star if the last name was Smith, throw in the Manning name to get to a 4 star, I’m not sure if you get to 5 though. Every time I watch other quarterbacks in this class it knocks Arch down in my head. That’s not his fault, he’s not participating, he’s not competing, and this is all summer ball it’s all about routes on air. But every time I look at a Malachi Nelson or Dante Moore I like them better. And I’ve got Arch sliding into the 5th/6th range in this class.”
Last month, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback announced that he was committing to Texas with plans to sign with the Longhorns as part of the Class of 2023.