Arch Manning has taken the recruiting world by storm.
Cooper Manning’s eldest son is not only the No. 1 recruit in the 2023 class, per 247Sports Composite Rankings, but he has a perfect 1.000 score, making him one of only seven players in 247 history to earn the perfect score and one of three quarterbacks, joining Vince Young and Quinn Ewers.
Manning has one more season remaining at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana, but he’s expected to soon make a cdecision on where he will play in college. It appears three schools, Texas, Alabama and Georgia, are the leading destinations for the latest Manning quarterback.
The Sporting News is tracking the latest updates on Manning’s recruitment, particularly as it pertains to those three schools. Follow along for news on his status.
June 10, 2022: Manning has an official visit with the Crimson Tide. Isidore Newman coach Nelson Stewart called the visit “another really good solid visit,” per 247Sports, in the quarterback’s fourth trip to Tuscaloosa.
May 24, 2022: Four-star 2023 recruit Eli Holstein commits to Alabama. While the commitment does not rule out Alabama as a destination for Manning, it builds a now crowded room for the season as five-star 2022 QB Ty Simpson and 2021 four-star recruit Jalen Milroe will all look to be the successor to likely 2023 first-round pick Bryce Young.
May 9, 2022: Speaking with On3, Manning said of Alabama:
“Those coaches are all good guys. Alabama is a machine and everyone knows it. They practice hard, and they have dudes all over the place. They got a few good transfers and I’m excited to see that. Alabama has recently been able to have high quarterback play, so that’s been fun to watch and fun to look at in terms of making a decision.”
April 2, 2022: Manning has his third unofficial visit with the Crimson Tide.
Oct. 2, 2021: Manning visits Alabama to watch the Crimson Tide take on another suitor, Ole Miss. Alabama won the match 42-21.
Sept. 28, 2021: Coach Nick Saban makes a subtle recruiting pitch for Manning while on the ManningCast with Peyton and Eli Manning for the Cowboys-Eagles game. Saban said that any quarterback should want to “go to the team where he’ll be surrounded by the most talent.”
June 19, 2021: Manning has an unofficial visit with the Crimson Tide.
June 13, 2022: 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong said he believes Georgia has “as good of a shot as anybody to land him.”
June 7, 2022: Stewart described Manning’s visit to Athens as a “great trip.”
“He loves Athens, he loves the coaches, he likes the players, I think the whole experience,” Stewart told 247Sports. “He’s gone back and they’re doing a great job recruiting him. He’s enjoyed every trip he’s had there. All positive. Every time he goes, all the layers.”
June 3, 2022: Manning has an official visit with the Bulldogs that lasts a few days. His visit came after Georgia unveiled renovations to its Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall football facility.
March 19, 2022: Manning has his third unofficial visit with the Bulldogs.
May 9, 2022: Speaking with On3, Manning said of Georgia:
“I love coach Kirby [Smart], and he’s a real normal guy, a great coach. Georgia, the takeaway from practice there, is that they have athletes all over the field, especially on the defensive line. They have some studs and it shows; they had 15 players drafted. Athens is probably the best college town I’ve ever been to. The coaches are all good people, they know how to win, know what it takes, and it was cool seeing that.”
Sept. 18, 2021: Manning visits Georgia for the Bulldogs’ game against South Carolina in what became a 40-13 Georgia win. During that game, fans painted themselves saying, “WE WANT ARCH!”
June 24, 2021: Manning has an unofficial visit with the Bulldogs.
June 19, 2022: Manning’s teammate, three-star tight end Will Randle, commits to Texas, fueling speculation that Manning might want to join his teammate in Austin.
June 17, 2022: Manning has an official visit with the Longhorns. The visit lasted three days from June 17-19. During the visit, he reportedly was close with Ewers, who transferred from Ohio State to Texas after the 2021 season. Ewers is expected to start in 2022 (and almost certainly 2023) before he becomes draft eligible, which would mean only one season on the bench for Manning.
June 17, 2022: While Manning was visiting the Longhorns, his uncle, Peyton Manning, was spotted in Omaha taking in the College World Series matchup between Texas and Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish
May 9, 2022: Speaking with On3, Manning said of Texas:
“Maintaining the relationship with those guys [Steve Sarkisian, AJ Milwee]; staying in touch over normal conversations has been good. The visit to Austin, we got to see practice and see what it’s all about. We sat in the quarterback meeting. It was fun to see how they interacted, and I’m excited to see what they can do this year. They got a few transfers from Alabama, and I think that offense can be explosive. Austin is a big city compared to the other two, so it reminds me a little bit of New Orleans. It’s a little weird, and they’ve got good coaches there.”
March 24, 2022: Manning has his second unofficial visit with the Longhorns.
June 12, 2021: Manning has an unofficial visit with the Longhorns.