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

With rumors swirling, five-star quarterback Arch Manning decided to clear up any rumors about which schools he is or isn’t interested in.

Rumors started to circulate Monday from sports news outlet Sportskeeda that Manning no longer had Alabama on his list, which apparently isn’t true. In fact, Manning had high praise for the Tide along with contenders Georgia and Texas. He made it very clear in his interview with On3 Sports that his top three remain the same, with two other teams still in the mix, LSU and Florida.

Manning first spoke about whether or not he is ready to narrow down his choices and then spoke about each team.

“It’s kind of getting closer,” said Manning. “I don’t really have a point yet, but I guess it’s kind of narrowing stuff down. I’m looking forward to (making a decision) either before the season or during the season or after the season. If I was ready I’d probably commit right now, but I’m not, so I’m just waiting.”

Manning seems really high on Texas, saying “it was fun to see how they interacted, and I’m excited to see what they can do this year. They got a few transfers from Alabama, and I think that offense can be explosive.” Head coach Steve Sarkisian was the offensive coordinator at Alabama before he came to Austin. Manning also seems to like Austin because it reminded him of his hometown of New Orleans.

But he is also impressed with both Alabama and Georgia. Calling the Tide “a machine,” he had high praise for the Alabama coaching staff who were in attendance for his spring practice Monday. The only of his top three schools there.

Manning also likes Georgia head coach Kirby Smart saying that he “loved Kirby and that Smart was “a normal guy and a great coach.” He also had high praise for Athens saying it is the best college town he’s been to.

If you read the tea leaves, Manning seems to have high praise for all the head coaches and coaching staffs involved in this process, but what it may come down to is which college town suits him the best.

[On3 Sports]

About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.