Oct 30, 2021; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Recruit Arch Manning, right, and his father Cooper Manning before the game between Clemson and Florida State at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

While many recruiting experts and fans are trying to read the tea leaves about where 5-star recruit Arch Manning may be leaning towards, one person who may have the inside scoop is former Tennessee football coach and athletic director Phillip Fulmer.

Fulmer, who coached Arch’s uncle Peyton, is very close with the Mannings. He offered his opinion on what he thought the young quarterback and his family are doing in a discussion with A to Z Sports.

“They (the Mannings) have a plan,” said Fulmer. “I haven’t talked to Cooper (Manning) about this, but I have with Peyton just in general. Those folks know the ropes around college athletics. They know a lot of people. They can find out information they want to know: stability of programs, the longevity of coaches, and all those things more than most.”

Arch Manning recently made a recruiting trip to Alabama this past weekend as well as a recent stop at Georgia a few weeks ago. His next stop will be in Austin at the University of Texas. But he also showed up at LSU’s 7-on-7 camp, too.

“Archie (Manning) and the whole family, is so well-respected around the country, and the world for that matter,” added Fulmer. “They’ve done everything right. You just know that this young man will do it right as well. Whoever gets him is getting a prized quarterback, and person, and a piece of the Manning family. I don’t really know if Tennessee is in it or not, but there’s a lot of really good schools around the country, too.”

It’s been clear for a while which schools he is interested in (Alabama, Texas, and Georgia) and neither Tennessee nor his father’s alma mater, Ole Miss, have been seriously in the picture.

Fulmer went on to say that the Mannings never showed their hand the whole time during Peyton’s recruitment and he suspects the same may be happening here with Arch Manning.


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