While the college football world waits on Class of 2023 quarterback Arch Manning to make his decision on where he’ll play, he’s already made a decision about whether or not he’ll incorporate name, image and likeness (NIL) deals into that decision.
According to On3, Manning isn’t going to engage in NIL activities before he’s committed because he “doesn’t want to tarnish the brand,” per a source. They also note that it’s important to Manning that he “doesn’t want it to look like he was induced.”
Given the conversation that dominated college football on Thursday around the way NIL deals are changing the landscape of recruiting, it’s good timing for the latest Manning quarterback to try and make it clear that he won’t be using that as part of his decision.
Right now, Texas is considered the favorite to land Manning, though Alabama and Georgia have both been in the mix as well. Arch recently made it clear that he still hasn’t made a decision about where he’ll play next year, though he is expected to make a decision soon.
It’s been said that Arch has the potential to be among the most powerful freshman in college football given his NIL earning power, but it appears for now that he has the luxury of waiting on that until later.