Arch Manning provides update on recruitment: 'I'm still wide open'
Arch Manning is one of the most hyped high school football recruits in recent memory. And that’s not a surprise, considering he’s a quarterback with the last name Manning.
His uncles, Peyton and Eli, and his grandfather, Archie, have set the bar high for football success in the family. However, 17-year-old Arch isn’t focusing on all the external expectations. As the youngest Manning told ESPN’s Mark Schlabach recently, his attention is on his team at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans.
“I think I am a regular guy on the team,” Manning told Schlabach. “I think Newman and New Orleans do a good job with that. I’m just a regular student and high school football player. I think outside of New Orleans, they try to hype it up, but I don’t really think much about the whole Manning deal. I’m just trying to enjoy high school.”
Still, the hype for Manning will likely only continue to grow, especially until he picks a college. And at this point, it doesn’t seem he’s getting too close.
“I’m still wide open. I’m just enjoying the process,” Manning said, per Schlabach. “It’s cool to get to go visit some of the best schools in the country.”
Manning has been a frequent visitor at SEC schools this fall. He’s visited Georgia and Alabama, and he’s going to Ole Miss this Saturday for the Rebels’ game against LSU. But his trips haven’t been exclusive to the conference, as he’s also been to Clemson and Texas.
It’s not only Manning’s name that’s getting him recruited so heavily. He’s a 6-foot-4 quarterback who ranks No. 1 in the 2023 class, per the 247Sports Composite rankings, so he has a ton of talent, too.
On Friday night, Manning leads Isidore Newman into action against Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.) at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU. And with another appearance on national television, more hype and attention are on the way. But you can bet that Manning will be focused on trying to lead his team to victory.