- Alabama landed a pledge from QB Eli Holstein on Tuesday , which could affect Arch Manning’s recruitment
- Now, it appears to be a two-team race for the nation’s No. 1 overall player
- Read more COLLEGE FOOTBALL news here
Alabama landed a big-time commitment from one of the top passers in the class of 2023 on Tuesday.
Eli Holstein, a 6-foot-4 gunslinger from the state of Louisiana, chose the Crimson Tide over the hometown Tigers to help solidify Alabama’s future under center. He’s rated as a top 100 prospect and the 8th best passer in the 2023 cycle.
— Eli Holstein (@eli_holstein10) May 24, 2022
While Holstein is a huge get for the Tide, he wasn’t the only signal caller that Coach Saban was in the running for.
Alabama was in the top group for No. 1 overall prospect Arch Manning alongside SEC rival Georgia and the Texas Longhorns. With Holstein now in the boat, it could have a huge effect on Manning’s recruitment moving forward.
It’s highly unlikely that the Crimson Tide could land two top passers in the same class, meaning they’re likely out for Manning’s services.
Arch Manning’s recruitment now looks to be a two-team race
Sooo is Arch Manning off the table for Alabama then? https://t.co/GQcspIb5fV
— Barstool College Football Show (@BarstoolCFB) May 24, 2022
With Holstein committing, it could eliminate Alabama from the list of finalists. It was reported earlier this month that Georgia and Texas had jumped out in front of the race, and this pledge seems to solidify that stance.
While things now look bleak for the Tide in regard to landing Manning’s commitment, he is still expected to take his visit to Tuscaloosa this summer.
Five-Star Plus+ QB Arch Manning is still expected to take his official visit to Alabama next month
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) May 24, 2022
Maybe that visit will convince Manning to take a harder look at the Tide, but for now, the door appears to be closing.
Arch Manning comments on Texas, Georgia recruitment
Manning has been on campus at both Georgia and Texas. Here’s how he feels about each.
Georgia seems to be a better feel for Manning. He called Athens the best college town he’s ever visited, and he seems to have a close relationship with Kirby Smart and the staff. The entire Manning family is said to love coach Smart, which could be huge moving forward.
As for Texas, Manning likes the idea of reviving a sleeping giant. He’s commented on the thought of bringing a historic blue blood back to prominence, and he also likes the idea of playing for offensive minded Steve Sarkisian.
Anything can happen in Manning’s recruitment over the coming months. Unless a new team gets in the mix, however, it looks like it will come down to the Bulldogs and Longhorns.