It's still early in the recruiting process, but one school might be emerging as the leader for No. 1 overall quarterback Arch Manning.
The nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning visited the University of Georgia earlier this month. The five-star prospect was on hand for the Bulldogs' home win over South Carolina.
Arch Manning appeared to enjoy his visit very much. According to reports, the class of 2023 recruit is very much a fan of Kirby Smart's program.
Dawgs Daily had more on the recruitment. It could be a two-team race between Georgia and Texas:
That doesn't keep the powers at bay from raving about the most recent visit to the University of Georgia however. According to sources, the Mannings thoroughly enjoyed their time in Athens. They have a long and developed relationship with offensive line coach Matt Luke who grew close to Cooper during his time in Oxford, Mississippi as the head coach at Ole Miss.
Things seem to be shaping up to be a race between Georgia and Texas at this moment in his recruitment and things could come to a close pretty quickly with Manning, according to sources.
247Sports' Steve Wiltfong shared some telling details, too.
“Well, he loves Georgia,” Wiltfong said, via 247Sports. “I think that he had a fantastic visit there this summer, likes the pro-style offense that (coordinator and quarterbacks) coach (Todd) Monken runs, and told me that Athens is the best college town he’s been to. And then you go to a game on Saturday night against South Carolina, and the fans, the student section obviously made him feel welcome. I was talking a little bit to the family after the trip, they just reiterated what a great town it is at Georgia. And close relationship with (offensive line coach) Matt Luke, Matt Luke obviously the former head coach at Ole Miss where Arch’s family has so many ties. So they know coach Luke, (head coach) Kirby Smart played against Peyton Manning. They’ve known Kirby for a long time. There’s just a lot of connections there that the Manning family has with the Georgia staff, and I think Georgia’s in a terrific position to land Arch but it’s still early in his process and he’s going to take some other visits this fall and just continue to see what he likes.”
There are several other programs in play, too, but it sounds like Georgia has a legitimate shot.