New LSU football staff is starting their pursuit of Arch Manning

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LSU football‘s new coaching staff — led by new head coach Brian Kelly — will undoubtedly have a slightly different approach to recruiting than the Tigers’ previous staff.

But one thing that isn’t changing is LSU’s pursuit of 2023 five-star quarterback Arch Manning — the most coveted recruit in the nation right now.

Manning, 6-foot-4/215 lbs from New Orleans (Isidore Newman), is everything a program could want in a quarterback.

The No. 1 rated overall recruit in the 2023 class has a football pedigree that is unrivaled. His uncles — Peyton and Eli — won a combined four Super Bowls. His grandfather, Archie, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft and ended up playing in the NFL for 13 years.

Arch’s dad, Cooper, committed to Ole Miss as a wide receiver. But a diagnosis of spinal stenosis ended his football career.

Suffice it to say, football is in Arch’s blood.

That’s why LSU — despite signing Walker Howard, the No. 5 overall quarterback in the 2022 recruiting class — is making Arch a priority.

LSU football set to visit with Arch Manning this weekend

247Sports’ Shea Dixon reported on Friday that a couple of LSU coaches will be heading to New Orleans on Friday night to check out Arch’s basketball game against De La Salle.

According to Dixon, quarterbacks coach Joe Sloan and special teams coordinator/recruiting coordinator Brian Polian will be the LSU coaches at Arch’s game.

With Howard already signed, it’s not like Manning is a “must-get player” for Kelly and the Tigers.

But at the same time, this is Arch Manning. He’s expected to be a transcendent quarterback that could be the biggest star we’ve ever seen in college football (thanks to the insane media attention he will likely receive). It doesn’t matter what quarterback a program has — everyone out there is going to want Arch on their roster.

The Tigers have to make a strong run at him. Keeping Arch home in Louisiana would be massive for LSU.

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This is going to be a wild recruiting battle. But the Tigers need to go all out to get Arch to Baton Rouge.