There’s another quarterback coming up in the Manning family. Arch Manning made his much-anticipated high school debut over the weekend.
Arch is the nephew of Peyton and Eli and the grandson of Archie. His father Cooper Manning was a star wide receiver at the high school level before an injury ended his career.
Arch is a freshman at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, where his father and uncles played. He dominated his team’s spring game a few months ago, and his first start at the high school level could not have gone any better.
In a 41-15 win over Lusher High School, Arch completed 22-of-34 passes for 224 yards and three touchdown strikes. He led scoring drives the first two times he touched the ball.
“We wanted to see maturity and pocket presence, and he did everything we asked him to do as far as executing our offense and his ability to stay mature and balanced leading our wide receivers,” said Newman coach Nelson Stewart, via NOLA.com. “That’s why he’s in this position.
“He doesn’t look like a freshman. That maturity and how you handle those tight moments are where the greatness can come.”
Sure, his high school career has only just begun, but Arch is already drawing attention from colleges. You have to figure Ole Miss and Tennessee will get involved since Eli and Peyton played there, and LSU surely has its eyes on him as well.
If he keeps putting up performances like he did in his debut, Arch will have his pick of where he wants to play at the next level.