It’s hard to quantify exactly how good Arch Manning stands to be at the college level.
That doesn’t mean it’s not worth it to try.
Arch Manning, the grandson of Archie, son of Cooper and nephews to Peyton and Eli, has stood out among recruiting boards for several years simply because of his last name. He has shown on the field he is deserving of that attention, and now that his senior year of high school is approaching —— the hype surrounding the next great Manning quarterback is bound to reach unprecedented levels.
With that, The Sporting News looks Arch Manning’s standing in the 2023 recruiting class, where he ranks on the all-time recruiting board and even how he compares to uncles Peyton and Eli:
Arch Manning recruiting ranking
Manning isn’t just the consensus No. 1 player in the country. He’s unanimous atop among the industry’s top recruit ranking services (247Sports, On3, Rivals and ESPN).
Moreover, 247Sports’ Composite rankings — a consensus tabulation of where recruits rank among the major services in a given year — lists Manning as having a 1.000 rating. That makes him just one of seven such players to achieve a “perfect” score, alongside the following players:
- QB Quinn Ewers
- WDE Jadeveon Clowney
- SDE Robert Nkemdiche
- DT Rashan Gary
- QB Vince Young
- ILB Ernie Sims
If Manning’s rating remains at 1.000 throughout his recruitment, he would become tied as one of the top six recruits. Multiple recruits from previous classes have been rated higher than Manning on both On3 and ESPN’s sites. That said, his position and rating on recruiting boards will remain in flux until after the completion of the 2023 recruiting period.
Arch Manning scouting reports
Evaluation courtesy of 247Sports’ Gabe Brooks
Possesses an ideal frame at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds and growth potential to add additional 10 to 15-pounds to his frame at the next level. Displays above average athleticism and adequate mobility as a runner, increasing his rushing totals every season over the last three years.
Appears to have good pocket awareness/presence and the ability to extend plays with his feet. Has enough mobility as a runner to have to respect him in situational down and distance areas. Exhibits clean feet in the pocket while demonstrating good foot quickness and play tempo in his drop.
Displays excellent arm talent, showing the ability to make every throw on the field within the pocket. Shows the ability to drive the ball down the field and play with velocity. Excels as an intermediate passer, displaying the ability to consistently deliver the ball accurately and on time while playing with anticipation. Throws an exceptional deep ball, flashing outstanding touch and ball placement allowing him to throw his receivers open.
Can play rushed under duress at times, affecting his accuracy in decision making in the short to intermediate part of the field. Will need to continue to improve on making the ‘right’ decision when facing pressure, as he can force himself into making unnecessary passes when his clock is sped up.
In addition to possessing all the physical tools desired at the quarterback position, Manning plays the game with exceptional intuition and awareness, showing the ability to command and navigate the game at a very high level. Entering his fourth season as a starter as a senior at Newman, Manning figures to be prepared to make an immediate impact at the next level. Projects as an All-American prospect at the next level with the potential to have his name be one of the first called in the NFL Draft.
Possesses a pure throwing motion with one of the quickest releases we’ve seen from a high school quarterback prospect. Those mechanics pair with a strong arm to make Manning one of the more natural and accurate passers in the 2023 cycle. Has the ability to carve up opposing defenses from inside the pocket or outside of structure when things break down. Shows innate field vision for his age with the ability to find open receivers while making second-reaction plays. An above average athlete for the position with polished footwork and the capability of picking up yards in scramble situations. Has filled out a big frame over his high school career, entering his junior year as the most physically developed top quarterback in the 2023 cycle. Also carries a substantial mental load for a junior quarterback with the responsibility of setting protections.
Evaluation courtesy of Tom Luginbill (ESPN+ exclusive)
Tall, lean build. Late bloomer in terms of strength and bulk. He will take off and improvise out of the pocket like his granddad. Sneaky good mobility and awareness to evade pressure. Makes throws off balance and can change arm angles. Above average arm strength, but it’s early. Flashes some upside to drive the ball. Quick release can be a bit unorthodox at times, but the ball comes out with zip. Excellent poise and feel for the game
Comparing Arch Manning to Peyton, Eli
Is it fair to compare a rising high school senior to players who have achieved All-American status, gone No. 1 overall and won multiple Super Bowls in the NFL? No, it certainly isn’t. But it comes with the territory of having the “Manning” last name — especially when you’re related to Peyton and Eli.
Besides, it appears as if Arch Manning is already comparing favorably to his uncles, and that’s not even accounting for the fact he has them to help in his development. Here’s how he currently compares to them in terms of their height and weight in the NFL:
Arch Manning has already accomplished something that neither of his uncles were able to: He became a Day 1 starter at Isidore Newman High School, a private institution in New Orleans. Neither Peyton nor Eli were able to accomplish that feat, per afrom Mark Schlabach — they were on the junior varsity team as freshmen, and became starters as sophomores.
As if that wasn’t enough to create an unstoppable hype train, consider the assessment of Archie Manning, himself a folk hero both at Ole Miss and with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. The patriarch of the Manning family told the Indianapolis Star in 2019 that Arch “probably a little ahead of them as a freshman.”
“(Arch is) playing good, he’s on a good team, they’re having a lot of success and having a lot of fun and that’s the way it should be,” Manning. “That’s the one thing I always told my kids and I’ll tell Arch the day before a game. ‘Go have fun.'”