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Where Will Arch Manning Play College Football – Most Likely Schools with Odds

| November 1, 2021 10:46 am PDT

Typically, we wouldn’t see a high school football player’s college choice have a betting prop. However, this is no ordinary player. This is Arch Manning.

Manning is the nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning. He is also the grandson of Archie Manning. And we’re not just talking about Arch because of his last name. He is the No. 2 prospect in the 2023 recruiting class.

Where might he land? Let’s take a look at the odds.

Odds for Arch Manning’s College

  • Texas +300
  • Georgia +350
  • Alabama +400
  • Ole Miss +450
  • LSU +500
  • Clemson +550
  • SMU +1200

Right now, it appears Texas and Georgia have the upper hand. Both schools have hosted Arch Manning for a game this season.

Among the rest of the contenders are Ole Miss and LSU. Eli and Archie went to Ole Miss, while Arch grew up in Louisiana.

SMU isn’t a Power 5 school, but they could be a dark horse for Manning.

Now that we know the odds, let’s examine the top contenders.

Top Contenders for Arch Manning

Well, we may have spoiled it in the previous section but Texas and Georgia are the favorites to land Arch Manning. Let’s discuss why each college is at the top of his board.

Texas (+300) 

For the last few years, all we’ve heard in the offseason is “Is Texas back?” Every season, it ends with no.

Since losing in the National Championship Game in 2009, Texas has only finished the season ranked three times. Their best result came in 2018, when they were No. 9.

A big reason for their struggles is the quarterback position.

Sam Ehlinger had a nice four-year stretch where he went 27-16. He led that 2018 team that finished 10-4.

In 2021, Texas has already made one change at quarterback. They moved from Hudson Card to Casey Thompson.

Texas opened the season No. 21, but they are now unranked following a 4-3 start. Needless to say, I don’t think Texas will be back in 2021.

Could their savior come in the 2023 recruiting class?

Arch Manning sent Texas fans into a frenzy when he said Austin has a “home feel.” Of course, there’s more to it than just that, but that’s a great sign that he is fond of Texas.

Manning also had this to say about head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas offense.

“Obviously they are great in offense, offensive-minded. They haven’t punted in two games. So, they’re really good, and they’re just laid back, good people. That’s the kind of guys I like.”

It’s a step in the right direction but Texas is going to have to show Manning that they can keep up with the elites of college football.

Again, we’re talking about a school that typically struggles to finish the season ranked. How is that going to work when you’re going up against schools like Georgia and Alabama?

Texas joining the SEC could help Manning’s recruitment. It won’t take effect until 2025 but that would give Manning at least one season to play in the conference.

Manning could be the player that brings Texas back to relevancy.

Georgia +350

One school that doesn’t struggle to compete with the best of the best is Georgia.

Georgia struggled a bit in Kirby Smart’s first season. Since then, they have finished top 10 in the AP Poll all four years. That includes a trip to the National Championship Game in 2018.

Unlike Texas, Georgia has had plenty of stability at quarterback. They’ve been so good that Jacob Eason and Justin Fields transferred because they didn’t have the opportunity to play.

Jake Fromm was their starting quarterback from 2017-2019. Let’s check out his career numbers.

  • 2 completion percentage
  • 7,236 passing yards
  • 78 touchdowns
  • 18 interceptions

Right now, Georgia is rocking with Stenson Bennett.

In 2023, Arch Manning could slot in as Georgia’s next great quarterback.

Manning visited Georgia for their game against South Carolina. Georgia went to win 40-13.

At the end of the day, the decision is Arch’s but it’s interesting to note that his family has a connection with Georgia offensive line coach Matt Luke. Luke was the former head coach at Ole Miss.

While Manning went to see Smart in September, it was the other way around a few weeks later.

On October 22, Smart watched from the sideline as Manning’s Isidore Newman school battled with Berkeley Prep. Berkeley won that game, but Manning had the big play of the night with a 68-yard touchdown run.

It looks like Smart wants to evaluate his potential future quarterback up and personal.

Georgia has a great defense, but you’ll need offense to battle teams like Alabama and eventually Oklahoma. Manning is the type of difference-maker that can push a team into National Championship contention.

We’ll see if Smart’s recruiting efforts are enough to land the quarterback.

Sleepers for Arch Manning

Could Arch Manning surprise us and go somewhere other than Texas or Georgia? Let’s check out a pair of sleepers.

Ole Miss +450

 Ole Miss isn’t exactly the most successful school. Saying that, they’ve had about as much success as Texas in the last 10 years.

Arch Manning’s potential interest in Ole Miss goes well beyond their current success.

His grandfather, Archie, played for Ole Miss from 1968-1970. Truthfully, he didn’t have the best numbers.

He passed for 4,753 yards with 31 touchdowns and 40 interceptions. He also had 823 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns.

Arch’s uncle, Eli, had much more success in his time at Ole Miss. Here are his numbers.

  • 8 completion percentage
  • 10,119 passing yards
  • 81 touchdowns
  • 35 interceptions

In his final season, Ole Miss went 10-3 and won the Cotton Bowl.

While there is a pretty big disparity in Archie and Eli’s numbers, both players went top two in their respective NFL draft.

Obviously, Ole Miss has a deep connection with the Manning’s. However, Manning may want to establish his own legacy. We saw Peyton do that.

Or maybe Arch wants to continue on the family legacy. After all, that’s what Eli did.

Last week, Ole Miss retired Eli’s jersey. Arch was in attendance on a recruiting visit. Ole Miss had an impressive performance, defeating LSU 31-17.

Head coach Lane Kiffin has shown his offensive system is quarterback-friendly.

Quarterback Matt Corral didn’t make much of his impact in his first two seasons, but Kiffin has taken his game to another level. Here are his stats from this season.

  • 6 completion percentage
  • 1,913 passing yards
  • 15 passing touchdowns
  • 1 interception
  • 474 rushing yards
  • 9 rushing touchdowns

Corral came into the season with (+2500) odds to win the Heisman. Now, his odds are (+400).

Ole Miss’s quarterback-friendly system combined with the Manning family history could be enough for Arch to commit to the school.

Clemson +550 

Right now, it seems like the race for Arch Manning is between Texas and a few SEC schools. I don’t think people can forget about Clemson.

This isn’t exactly the best year to talk about Clemson’s success but they were consistently a top-four team from 2015-2020.

Clemson made it to the National Championship Game four times in that span, winning twice.

They are another school that prides itself on having an elite offense.

Let’s check out the numbers for Clemson’s last three great quarterbacks.

  Tajh Boyd (2010-2013) Deshaun Watson (2014-2016) Trevor Lawrence (2018-2020)
Completion Percentage 64.3 67.4 66.6
Passing Yards 11,904 10,168 10,098
Passing Touchdowns 107 90 90
Interceptions 39 32 17
Rushing Yards 1,165 1,934 939
Rushing Touchdowns 26 26 18

That great run of quarterbacks is at a bit of an impasse right now.

D.J. Uiagalelei has struggled this season. He is averaging 157.4 passing yards per game with four touchdowns and five interceptions.

Clemson is 4-3 and might not make a bowl game. They need a difference-maker moving forward. That’s where Manning comes in.

While they are having a down year, everyone knows Clemson’s potential. Adding Manning can return them to the College Football playoff picture.

At the moment, Manning has yet to attend a Clemson game. That will change this Saturday when he attends their game against Florida State. That should give us a better indication of how he feels about the school.

The night before the game, Clemson’s quarterback coach Brandon Streeter will attend Manning’s high school game.

Manning might view Clemson as an opportunity to carve his own legacy. If he attends an SEC school, people will mention Peyton, Eli, and Archie also playing for schools in the conference.

This opportunity could be too good to pass up.

Why Is There So Much Hype Behind Arch Manning?

If we’re being honest, the biggest draw for Arch Manning is his last name. Good or bad, people will always take note of him.

The great thing about it is he is so much more than a Manning. He is the No. 2 recruit in the 2023 class and No. 1 quarterback.

Manning is in his third year at Isidore Newman school. Check out his numbers.

  2019-20 (Freshman) (10 games) 2020-21 (Sophomore) (10 games) 2021-22 (Junior) (6 games)
Completion Percentage 65.5 66.4 63.5
Passing Yards 2,348 1,922 1,327
Passing Touchdowns 34 21 17
Interceptions 6 8 3
Rushing Yards 87 274 283
Rushing Touchdowns 4 8 4

It’s nice to see him begin to use his legs more. With today’s NFL, it’s more important than ever to have some mobility.

He still has the remainder of his junior year and entire senior year, so there is plenty of time to improve. That way, he’ll be ready to lead a college team to the National Championship.

Predicting Arch Manning’s College

Arch Manning certainly has his suitors. Which school will land the top quarterback in the 2023 recruiting class? I’m going with Georgia.

Georgia is already among his top choices and they are the best team in the country. Things will be different in 2023 but Georgia’s defense should remain one of the best moving forward. That’ll take a lot of pressure off Manning as a freshman.

It also gives him a chance to beat Ole Miss and Tennessee. There has to be some bragging rights in the family.

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Nicholas Sterling

Nicholas has been a Sports Writer with GamblingSites.com since May 2021. He has a rich sports background, writing about NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, etc. Nick is always ready for a new challenge.

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