Manning, 6-foot-4/200 lbs from New Orleans, LA (Isidore Newman), is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 3 overall 2023 recruit.
Nearly every program in the country is hoping to land Manning. But only a few programs actually have a legitimate chance to land the stud quarterback with a rich football pedigree.
LSU, along with Alabama, Clemson, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Texas are the programs that appear to be the serious threats to land Manning. Ole Miss and Tennessee are only on the list because of Manning’s family connections to those two programs.
Is LSU Football the program to beat for Arch Manning?
It’s likely far too early to suggest that there’s a firm leader for Manning.
The feeling is that Manning will take the recruiting process slow and do his due diligence in choosing a program. It’s the Manning way.
However, at least one recruiting analyst believes LSU is an early favorite for the dynamic quarterback.
Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney recently gave his take on Manning’s recruitment, and it sounds like he’s feeling pretty good about the Tigers’ chances.
“If there are no off-the-field concerns for LSU, then the Tigers are going to be tough to beat,” wrote Gorney. “I could see Alabama, I could see Clemson, maybe even Texas, but I still feel like LSU holds an edge.”
Manning has a good relationship with Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian. And Alabama and Clemson are always going to be tough to beat for top quarterback recruits.
But I agree with Gorney that LSU feels like the program to beat….for now.
Manning will likely want to create his own legacy somewhere. Picking Alabama or Clemson seems too predictable. And I’m not sure he’d want to go out of the SEC. Going to LSU would allow Manning to stay close to home, while also playing for an elite program that competes for national championships.