The Arch Manning Sweepstakes have been presumed to be between three schools for a while now. However, according to one recruiting site that has been following things closely, it’s starting to feel like one of the previous favorites to land the Class of 2023 quarterback is “fading away.”

While the Texas Longhorns and Georgia Bulldogs remain strong favorites to land the latest Manning quarterback, the Alabama Crimson Tide football program is fading according to On3’s recruiting predictions.

“When talking to different sources close to this recruitment, I have started to hear more about Georgia and Texas,” On3’s Chad Simmons wrote earlier this week. “Alabama is still Alabama — and Nick Saban, Bill O’Brien and Pete Golding have all been involved. But there has been a little more chatter around the Bulldogs and Longhorns in recent weeks.”

On3 went one step further in this most recent prediction model, saying that Alabama’s chances are “fading away.”

It’s a huge change from almost exactly one month ago when On3’s prediction models tabbed Alabama as the favorite to land Manning.

Texas has long been considered the odds-on favorite to land Arch’s services and the fact that he’s visited their campus so many times would back that up. However, Manning also visited Georgia a bunch and is said to have loved Athens.

It’s been said that Manning is taking his time to make his decision and it could happen this summer or even in the fall. So the only thing we know for sure is that these recruitment expectations can change in a hurry and on the whims of a high school student. So even though Alabama might be “fading” right now, you never want to say Nick Saban’s squad is out of the running until you know for sure.

[On3]

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