Quarterback Arch Manning 16 runs the ball as Newman takes on Lafayette Christian Academy in the LHSAA Div III semi finals. Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. Arch Manning

While there are plenty of schools that would love to land Class of 2023 college football recruit Arch Manning, only a few of them have been in the mix for visits and interest. However, according to one recruiting expert, two schools have been getting “more chatter” than the rest.

While Alabama, Georgia, and Texas have long been seen as the frontrunners for the latest quarterback in the Manning dynasty, On3’s Chad Simmons recently noted that “there has been a little more chatter around the Bulldogs and Longhorns in recent weeks.”

While reminding everyone that “Alabama is still Alabama,” Simmons shared that Kirby Smart and his staff have done a strong job building a relationship with Manning and Athens remains a very appealing place to be. Meanwhile, the chance to be part of Texas’ return to glory also apparently appeals to Arch. Both would be among the best opportunities in college football, just for different reasons.

“It is two great programs being looked at in two different ways,” a source told Simmons.

The timeline for Manning’s decision remains unknown and it’s possible that he will make more visits to Austin, Tuscaloosa, and Athens, amongst other college towns in the mix. According to Simmons’ source, the wait isn’t for a lack of information, but instead just a desire to learn as much as possible and make the most informed decision.

“All the schools they are looking at are great options,” said the source. “Arch has a good feel for the people, the towns, the staffs, and he is trying to widdle it down that last little bit to make a call that he feels good about. He is going to take as long as he needs to get to that point.”


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.