Arch Manning is the next big thing in football. He’s so big, in fact, that he may already be the biggest thing to hit high school football recruiting since covering recruiting became popular. And before you ask, yes, he is the next in line from the QB lineage from the Manning family. Before the 2026 NFL Draft, however, Manning will have to choose a college.
Oddsmakers are zeroing in on a handful of schools to land the most coveted recruit potentially of all time. Here’s where they stand.
Arch Manning Latest: Georgia continues to be the favorite
Despite a recent “successful trip” to the University of Texas, the Georgia Bulldogs continue to lead the way among oddsmakers. The Bulldogs currently sit at +200 odds to land Manning, otherwise known as an implied chance of 33.3%. Texas, however, did move to second on the odds at +250 (28.6% chance). The latest odds shook out all SEC teams in the running.
+200 (33.3% implied chance)
- Ole Miss
Quarterback situation at each school may help dictate decision
For all intents and purposes, Manning will likely play three seasons of college football. If the current trajectory goes to plan, he’ll play his final season at Isidore Newman High School in the fall of 2022 and enroll in the spring of 2023 at his school of choice.
With the lineage and talent that he’s shown, Manning will pencil in as a near-immediate starter in his freshman season and play what would amount to three seasons before entering the 2026 NFL Draft following the 2025 college season.
With this in mind, the ability to play right away has to factor into Manning’s decision. As heavily favored as Texas is to land his services, we cannot forget the fact that former high-profile recruit Quinn Ewers transferred from Ohio State to Texas this past year. Ewers, a true sophomore, is the presumed starter for what would be Manning’s freshman season in Austin (2023).
Georgia, on the other hand, has Stetson Bennett for the 2022 season and a cast of quarterbacks on the roster projected to be there in 2023. Yet, none of them hold the profile of Manning or Ewers for that matter. Georgia is the best place to see immediate playing time of the top two programs according to oddsmakers.
Just who is Arch Manning?
As mentioned, Manning is the next in line from the lineage of quarterbacks from the Manning family. He is the son of Cooper Manning, grandson of Archie Manning, and nephew of former Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning.
He is ranked as the No. 1 overall quarterback and No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2023. His 247Sports Composite ranking is that of a perfect 1.0000. Manning joins all-time college football great Vince Young as the only quarterback to receive a 1.0000 on the Composite since 2000.
In three seasons at Isidore Newman High School, he’s thrown for over 6,000 yards and 81 touchdowns while also rushing for another 19 scores. A basketball player for Isidore Newman as well, Manning surely is a busy guy. Yet, he’s somehow managed to take a slew of official and unofficial visits.
Manning is coveted by just about every school. Yet, they all understand that only a handful have a realistic chance of landing his services. One look at Manning’s tape, and it’s clear that he’s been throwing the football for a long, long time.
I don’t think we’re discussing this ridiculous post-pump ball flip in Arch Manning’s hands enough pic.twitter.com/mzT54zaDtb
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) June 6, 2021
Wherever he lands, be it Georgia, Texas, Alabama, Ole Miss, or any other team on the most recent odds, you can bet it’ll be followed by a flock of media, fans, and high-profile former players. In Arch’s case, however, those high-profile former players just happen to be his uncles and grandfather.