Without ever releasing a top schools list as most recruits do, Arch Manning has whittled down to five by showing who he wants to visit. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ole Miss, and Texas have all hosted the 2023 five-star quarterback. Some even twice.
And for such a high-profile recruitment, Manning and his family have been able to keep a tight circle. At the end of the day, the Manning family is the football royalty of all football royalty.
Some word was going to get out sooner rather than later, though, and some of the industry’s top reporters have begun to guess how Arch Madness ends.
On3 gave out five predictions as to where Manning ends up playing college football, with all being Texas. Confidence levels got as low as 30% but Eric Nahlin of Inside Texas went up to 75%.
There’s no doubt Steve Sarkisian and A.J. Milwee have put themselves in a good position.
With Manning scheduled to be in Austin for Oklahoma State, this is one of the biggest weekends the program has seen in a while. Texas has not recruited and signed a five-star quarterback since Garrett Gilbert but the weight of pulling Manning would be far higher.
Texas thought the 2023 cycle was off to a bang, landing a commitment from five-star running back Rueben Owens. After a decommitment, all eggs have been put in the Manning basket. Building around the quarterback could bring in one of the top recruiting classes in the country.
On the 247Sports composite, Manning is the No. 1 overall player in the country. It would make the second consecutive cycle Texas has been able to land the top player in the class.
And we all know how the last one ended up.