Sep 18, 2021; Athens, Georgia, USA; High school player Arch Manning looks on with his parents during a game between the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

While Peyton and Eli might be the Mannings that everyone knows, there’s a new Manning that everyone is going to want to make sure they’re very aware of. Arch Manning is widely considered the No. 1 recruit in the 2023 class and has been making headlines for months due to being the nephew of two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks and the heir apparent to the family destiny.

The 6’4″, 215-pound quarterback has thrown for over 5,000 passing yards and over 70 touchdowns in his three-year career with  Isidore Newman. He also recently showed off some uncharacteristic Manning speed on a 68-yard touchdown run. Between the name, the pedigree, and the abilities, it’s no wonder all the major programs are lining up to recruit him.

The high school junior isn’t expected to announce his college football decision until at least next spring, saying that he’s still “wide open” in his thinking. That said, he’s already taken visits to Georgia, Alabama, Ole Miss, Clemson, and Texas, to name a few. The offers keep rolling in and so does the intrigue.

While it’s going to be a while before we know for sure, one recruiting service has announced who they think the frontrunners are to get his commitment. According to On3’s new player database, they are saying that Georgia and Texas are the current leaders to get Arch.

Right behind those two schools are Alabama, LSU, Clemson, and Ole Miss.

How much should you read into this? Well, that depends on how much you read to any recruiting news or rankings. One thing we seem to know for sure is that the odds are pretty good that Manning is going to end up in the SEC (which includes if he decides to go to Texas). That just seems preordained, doesn’t it?


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