Arch Manning adds two SEC schools to recruiting sweepstakes

Quarterback Arch Manning. (Syndication: The Daily Advertiser)
Quarterback Arch Manning. (Syndication: The Daily Advertiser) /

Top quarterback recruit Arch Manning isn’t narrowing his list of favorites, he’s actually expanding it with two more SEC programs now joining the fray.

The battle royale to sign Arch Manning just got a bit bigger.

After a report suggesting Manning is favoring Alabama and Texas, his father Cooper told 247Sports that his list of potential landing spots has only grown.

While Cooper confirmed that Clemson is no longer in contention for Arch’s signature, Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss and Texas have additional competition.

Arch Manning added LSU and Florida to his recruiting list

LSU and Florida are now being considered thanks to coaching changes for the Tigers and Gators. The former landed Brian Kelly from Notre Dame while the latter brought in Louisiana Lafayette’s Billy Napier. Both are offense-minded head coaches who can plan for a visit from the quarterback over the coming months.

Both schools will be eager to make the kind of splash that signing Manning would bring. It’s tough to think of a bigger statement for either Kelly or Napier at their new programs.

They’ll have to overcome the advantage of time the others have when it comes to relationships with the Mannings. Arch has already visited the other four multiple times.

Alabama and Georgia can boast immediate playoff success while Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss and Steve Sarkisian at Texas have an edge as noted quarterback coaches.

LSU does have a regional link since Manning is from Louisiana. The Tigers would give him the option to stay home.

Manning is the grandson of Archie Manning and the nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning, so his pedigree is as good as it gets. He is ranked No. 1 in the 247Sports composite for the class of 2023.

He threw for 1,947 yards and 26 touchdowns with Isidore Newman High School in 2021.

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