LSU Football: Rivals recruiting analyst makes early Arch Manning prediction

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2023 five-star quarterback Arch Manning is one of LSU football‘s biggest current recruiting targets.

Manning is the nephew of former NFL Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning. And he’s the grandson of former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning.

While Manning’s bloodline is one of the reasons the young quarterback is a highly sought-after recruit, it’s far from the only reason.

Arch is really, really good. Even if he didn’t have a famous last name, he’d still be at the top of LSU’s wish list.

Manning, 6-foot-4/208 lbs from New Orleans, LA (Isidore Newman), is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 3 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class and the No. 1 quarterback in the country. He has a strong, accurate arm and a high football IQ that’s been lauded by recruiting analysts.

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It’s obviously way too early to know where Manning will land. The New Orleans native is taking his time with his recruitment — he won’t be rushing into a decision.

There are some early favorites, however, that are starting to stand out. And LSU is certainly in the “upper echelon” for Manning.

But Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney doesn’t currently see LSU as the landing spot for Manning.

In fact, Gorney doesn’t view LSU as one of the top three programs for Arch at the moment.

“If I had to take a shot right now and say where Arch Manning ends up I would pick Clemson first, Alabama second, and then Texas third,” said Gorney this week.

It’s odd that Gorney didn’t mention LSU, because it definitely feels like the Tigers are a strong contender for Arch.

No one will be surprised to see Arch “do his own thing” and eschew Ole Miss (where most of his family went to college) for another program. And LSU would make plenty of sense, given the Tigers’ prolific offense and the proximity to home.

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There’s still a long way to go in this recruiting battle. And ultimately, Gorney’s prediction doesn’t mean much. But it wouldn’t be wise to totally discount it, either. Gorney is a well-connected recruiting analyst, so perhaps this means LSU has ground to make up in the race for Arch Manning.