Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry is about an initial big two-day visit for 2023 5-star QB Arch Manning.
Arch Manning, the 2023 5-star QB of that name brand in quarterbacks, is set to be in Athens for the next two days.
Yes, it is that Manning family. His two uncles, Eli and Peyton, are national sports brands that still appear in commercials well after their playing years have concluded.
The unique wrinkle in his story is that he is aptly named. Arch’s game is more in tune with the improvisational hell-on-wheels playmaker that his grandfather was for Ole Miss. Archie terrorized the SEC and first established the Manning name as a Boardwalk property when it comes to quarterbacks.
Manning, the son of Cooper, ranks as the nation’s No. 1 QB and the No. 3 overall prospect for 2023 on the 247Sports Composite scale. This visit has been planned and has been reported by multiple outlets for some time, including 247Sports and Rivals.
But this is by no means a selective visit. The Isidore Newman (New Orleans, La.) has been on a tour of several programs so far in June.
It appears a lot of the most likely candidates are connected to relationships within the Manning family.
The recruiting industry currently points to Clemson, Duke, LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia and Tennessee as teams that have a shot in this one. Clemson got a big visit this month. Alabama was also reportedly on the schedule.
This is the part where the discerning DawgNation reader has already shouted at the screen that there is no way Georgia is getting Arch Manning. See 5-star freshman Brock Vandagriff. He signed in 2021. See All-American QB Gunner Stockton. He is an anchor peg of this year’s 2022 recruiting class.
We get it. Yet Georgia 2023 TE commit Pearce Spurlin III does not care about any of that.
Spurlin is always working to bring the very best players in his class to Georgia in that 2023 cycle. He’s going to make sure to be in Athens this weekend with Arch.
Yet this is also the point where we must remind ourselves that anything can happen in recruiting. Take a look at this sophomore film and you’ll see why every school in the country will put all of its staff on deck for a visit when the Mannings come to town.
The sophomore highlight film for Manning is over 19 minutes long. That’s unheard of in the recruiting world.
Check it out. It does not cause an observer to lose focus. It should cause an observer to think he’s more like his grandfather than those two uncles that each won multiple Super Bowls as QBs.
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Arch Manning: A couple more things to know about this one
Arch Manning has started for two seasons of high school football at Isidore Newman in New Orleans. That’s where Eli and Peyton both also played their high school ball. Archie Manning raised his three sons in New Orleans. That’s where he starred for so many years in the NFL with the Saints.
Check out the Arch Manning stat line on MaxPreps.com for those 20 games: 340-for-516 for 4,360 yards with 55 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. That’s a 66 percent completion rate. He also has zigged and zagged for 361 yards on 7.2 yards per rush attempt for another 12 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound rising junior has seen his teams go 18-3 across those two seasons. His father, Cooper, recently updated his son’s perspective with ESPN 104.5 radio in New Orleans.
“He loves football,” Cooper Manning said. “He’s enjoying his friends and the workouts and growing. He’s kind of had a growth spurt here in the last couple months. Enjoying being in the weight room and throwing. He just loves it. If it was me pressuring him to play or hurry up and get ready, it’s kind of always been, ‘Hey, can you come catch for me? Can we go throw? Can you feed me hoops?’ My boys are like that. Just makes it a lot easier as a parent.”
Spurlin knows Manning well. And he’s going to recruit the tonsils out of this 5-star QB for Georgia, too.
“Arch and I are good buddies and talk almost every day,” Spurlin III said
He plans to be in Athens tomorrow to see him.
“I just want to hang out with him,” Spurlin III said. “Guy to guy. He has enough people in his ear about football.”
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