Arch Manning’s Recruitment Heats Up With Two Return Visits Set For Spring Practices This Month

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Arch Manning has been the talk of college football recruiting for almost five years, but things are starting to really heat up. As the 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback finishes up his junior year, he will have 11 months to make a decision on where to play his college football, should he choose to wait that long.

Obviously, the nephew of Eli and Peyton could choose to commit at any point in time. However, he could sign with his school of choice as early as December 21, 2022 or as late as February 1, 2023.

Before he does either of those things, Manning has to figure out what he is going to do. As of right now, he is down to four top schools with six total in the mix.

Manning is considering Georgia, Texas, Ole Miss and Alabama, with Florida and LSU trying to make their way into the conversation. From the outside looking in, the recruitment appears to be a two-man race between the Bulldogs and Longhorns, but the Rebels have close ties to the family and the Crimson Tide is the Crimson Tide.

Now that Manning’s high school basketball season is over, the next step is to take visits.

According to 247 Sports, Arch Manning has two visit dates set for Texas and Georgia.

With spring practice underway across the country, Manning is going to be in Athens this weekend (March 19) and Austin the next (March 24). He has visited both Texas and Georgia in the past, but his return dates are soon.

According to his high school coach Nelson Stewart, Manning is excited to watch practice and watch meetings to get a feel for where he might fit best. The pandemic has caused a lot of restrictions on his recruitment, and now that it has really passed, he can dive into the “meat and potatoes.”

Stewart told 247 Sports that he thinks Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken has done a great job with Manning’s recruitment.

“Obviously what they did with their offense, and all of them came down to watch him play basketball, I think he has a good relationship with the staff,” Stewart said. “I think he enjoyed the players. It’s a great opportunity for him to low-key go there and watch what made them great. They do a good job with pro-style, that’w what Coach Monken does and he’s excited. This will be a great chance for he and his dad to check out Athens and look at it in a different light. It’s nice where it’s not a Saturday and a game and those cameras. This to me is when I think the real authentic recruiting is done and you get to really see what it’s like out at practice. He’ll be able to experience what being a player at Georgia is all about.”

He also said that Manning is excited about what Texas has to offer.

“From the jump Coach Sark has been on him, he was the first head coach that came through in the spring as well,” Stewart said. “He’s done a great job consistently building that relationship. So much enthusiasm around their program. AJ Milwee and Sark both have done a great job authentically developing that relationship and checking in with him and they’re really excited about what’s going on around there. That new facility, all those young players, excited about their offensive line. He wants to get a look at it in a different light. This is his chance to be a recruit but watch how they work and interact with the players. They were one of the earliest ones on him, they’ve been incredibly persistent and it unfolded naturally. I think it’s the same with Georgia and Texas.”

These are Manning’s first two visits since the fall. He is expected to make a stop back in Oxford to watch Ole Miss practice and is presumably going to get back to Tuscaloosa, but no visits beyond Texas and Georgia have been booked.