LSU Football: Tuesday was an important day for the Tigers in the Arch Manning sweepstakes

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Tuesday was an extremely important day for LSU football in the Arch Manning sweepstakes.

Manning, a New Orleans native who is the nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning, is the crown jewel of the 2023 recruiting class.

The five-star recruit is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 1 quarterback in the country and the No. 3 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class.

Alabama, Clemson, LSU, and Texas are all considered early favorites for the talented signal-caller.

Arch Manning checks out LSU football

On Tuesday, Manning, and his father, Cooper, checked out LSU’s facilities and met with the coaching staff.

This was an extremely important unofficial visit for the Tigers. Manning is just now to the stage where he’s trying to decide the schools he’ll be focusing on over the next year while he makes his decision.

LSU didn’t win the recruiting battle for Manning on Tuesday, but a bad visit could’ve lost it for the Tigers.

Fortunately for LSU, it sounds like the visit went well.

“The goal for this trip was for Arch and Cooper to be able to sit down and chat in person with Jake Peetz for the first time, and they were able to do just that,” reported 247Sports’ Shea Dixon.

“I’m told Wednesday’s visit went really well and Arch was able to get a different look at LSU beyond what he’s seen on TV and heard over phone calls and Zooms,” added Dixon.

It’s also notable that two of Manning’s teammates who are currently committed to the Tigers — Bo Bordelon and AJ Johnson — made the trip to Baton Rouge with Arch.

The presence of Bordelon and Johnson likely won’t tip this battle in LSU’s favor, but it certainly doesn’t hurt the Tigers’ chances, either.

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I’m sure there will be plenty of twists and turns in the coming months, but for now, it sounds like LSU is very much in the mix for Manning.