Oct 23, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Eli Manning looks on prior to the game between the Mississippi Rebels and the LSU Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

When a member of the Manning family randomly shows up on a college campus, you better believe people are going to start asking why and whether or not it has anything to do with Arch Manning’s recruitment.

That’s been the case ever since Eli Manning, Arch’s uncle, was spotted at Notre Dame on Wednesday. Specifically, Uncle Eli was seen paling around with Brady Quinn, the former Notre Dame quarterback who recently announced that he was spearheading a NIL collective to support Fighting Irish football.

Another photo later popped up showing Manning with Quinn, Rocket Ismail, Rick Mirer, and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick.

Does this really have anything to do with Arch Manning, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2023? Almost certainly not. Both Eli and Peyton are said to have been in South Bend as part of a shoot for NFL Films and Peyton’s show. Given the appearance of Mirer and Quinn, the episode likely revolves around former Notre Dame quarterbacks.

And so, the brief moment in which Notre Dame fans wondered if they were going all-in on Arch Manning was over.

The favorites to land the latest quarterback in the Manning Dynasty remain Texas, Alabama, and Georgia, though it’s worth noting that former Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has been working his magic for his new school, LSU.

The Irish, meanwhile, appear to be all-in on five-star quarterback Dante Moore for the Class of 2023.

[Yahoo Sports]

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