2023’s top prospect eyes June for official visits to Alabama, Georgia, Texas

Arch Manning‘s recruitment is heating up in a big way as the summer nears. The New Orleans Isidore Newman five-star quarterback — the Class of 2023’s No. 1 overall prospect, according to the Top247 and 247Sports Composite — appears set to take official visits in June, according to Horns247’s Mike Roach. Alabama, Georgia and Texas are the locks to get Manning on campus, he told Roach. There is some late buzz regarding Florida and LSU, but those are the three to watch out for.

“Yeah, it sounds like the family is kind of ramping up for officials during that month,” Roach said of June on the 247Sports Football Recruiting Podcast. “I think that, when you look at the calendar, there’s about four weekends where you can take trips. Arch mentioned three schools. The Manning Passing Academy is also during that month. And so, Arch usually always attends that — put on by Archie and Eli and Peyton. So I think that’s — you’ve pretty much go to look at his summer plans there.

Texas, Alabama, Georgia — the three schools he mentioned he for sure wants to take visits to. Talking to his father, himself, and his coach, they don’t have any dates set in stone yet. They’re still figuring that out. And it doesn’t seem to be a rush for them. They were just kind of like, ‘Yeah, we’ll figure it out after spring ball.’ So they’ve got two weeks of spring ball at Newman, and then they’ll kind of start putting the plan together from there.”

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“But those schools have kind of been the ones that have been in front of the pack since kind of this entire recruitment started,” Roach added. “So, not surprising to see that be the trio that he’s decided on for now. I do think there’s a chance Florida can get an official visit, maybe LSU, but it’s those three right now.”

Manning is the nephew of former NFL greats Eli and Peyton Manning and son of Cooper Manning, a former standout wide receiver at the prep level. As a junior last season, Manning threw for 1,947 yards and 26 touchdowns with only four interceptions.

“Good height and overall frame potential,” Manning’s 247Sports player evaluation reads. “Relatively lean, athletic build and carries existing weight well. One-of-a-kind quarterback pedigree. Natural pocket passer with pro-style feel, but good functional athlete with terrific off-schedule instincts and playmaking ability. Junior season has shown improved running ability in designed situations and continued dangerous scrambling effectiveness. Looks first to throw when on the move, but capable of gaining chunk yards and converting money downs with his legs. Has repeatedly shown ability to throw accurately outside of the pocket, including when throwing across his body. Calm field demeanor yet poised and competitive simultaneously. Quick, natural release. Accuracy among his best traits. Processes quickly and picks apart defenses in the short-to-intermediate game. Displays requisite vertical arm strength and in-the-bucket touch on deep shots. Impressively pairs velocity and touch to fit throws into zone windows. Elite pocket awareness.

“Sixth-sense ability to feel pressure and avoid rushers. Good size but still filling out frame, which will continue to raise the ceiling on arm capacity. Does not face elite high school competition, but feel for the game and pedigree will translate regardless. One of the nation’s top prospects regardless of position. Likely multi-year high-major starter with first-round NFL Draft ceiling.”

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