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What it means: 4-star 2023 Louisiana QB Eli Holstein commits to Alabama

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This rep points out what the commitment of 4-star Louisiana QB Eli Holstein means to Georgia with its 2023 recruiting class and the efforts to sign 5-star QB Arch Manning.


If one does not follow college football recruiting that closely, then sometimes a big neon sign is required to figure out exactly what is going on.

Consider Eli Holstein’s commitment to Alabama this afternoon to be a Las Vegas-style marquee here. Like in front of the Bellagio.

Holstein had not so quietly been leaning to Tuscaloosa after he backed off his pledge to Texas A&M on March 18. That was back when Jimbo Fisher would answer a phone call from Nick Saban.

Holstein is now committed to play for Saban.

The decision made public by Holstein today largely makes this a two-team race between the Bulldogs and the Longhorns for the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect in the 2023 cycle.

When Manning went out to visit schools in the spring, he took trips to check out each of those three programs.

Alabama had been recruiting both Manning and Holstein in tandem over the last few months. The Tide even had coaches at a pair of Manning’s spring practices, including his spring game last Friday.

The 6-foot-4, 222-pound Holstein ranks as the nation’s No. 4 QB for this cycle. That slots him in as the nation’s No. 8 QB and the No. 54 overall recruit for this class.

There is also the chance here that another program like a Florida or an LSU might snap one of those plum official visits weekends now.

Manning could also opt to still take his official visit to Tuscaloosa next month.

There’s not just a very good chance that the Crimson Tide will take two quarterback recruits of this caliber in the 2023 cycle. That means the odds for Georgia or Texas to sign Manning have now gone up.

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