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Look: Meet Recruit Who ESPN Is Ranking Ahead Of Arch Manning

Arch Manning watching a Georgia game in the stands.

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 18: Arch Manning from Isidore Newman in New Orleans, LA on a visit to Georgia before the college football game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Georgia Bulldogs on September 18, 2021 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA. (Photo by John Adams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

There's a new No. 1 quarterback recruit not named Arch Manning in ESPN's updated Rankings. 

USC commit Malachi Nelson is the new No. 1 recruit in the ESPN300. 

Nelson is a 6-foot-3, 182-pound quarterback out of Los Alamitos, Calif. He committed to Lincoln Riley and the USC Trojans last November. 

The five star has a larger sample size regarding film compared to that of what ESPN has on Manning. 

"Interesting ranking wrinkle that emerged today. ESPN now ranks USC-bound five-star Malachi Nelson (@Malachi) as the country's No. 1 overall recruit," writes college football insider Pete Thamel. "He replaces Arch Manning in that spot. 'With Nelson, we have seen a larger sample size...'"

It's worth noting Nelson isn't rated as highly on more prominent recruiting services such as 247Sports and On3. In fact, Manning is still the No. 1 quarterback on both services. 

Regardless, it's clear Nelson is going to be one of Manning's main competitors for the No. 1 recruit ranking. 

The final rankings won't be revealed until after the upcoming high school football season.