Here are seven potential college destinations for 5-star QB Arch Manning

Koki Riley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Five-star Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning concluded his seventh and final summer college visit on Monday.

Manning, the grandson of former New Orleans Saints star quarterback Archie Manning, and nephew of Super Bowl championquarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, is the No.1 quarterback in the nation for the 2023 class. Nearly every major college football program, including LSU, has been recruiting him for his services.

Where Arch will play at the collegiate level has been speculated for months in the recruiting world. Here are seven potential landing spots for the latest Manning quarterback.

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Ole Miss

Manning's final college visit prior to his junior season was to Ole Miss on Monday, a school his family has deep ties with. Archie and Eli both played there. His father, Cooper, also attended Ole Miss.

On the field, Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin has a history of constructing high-octane offenses as the former coach at Tennessee, Southern Cal and the Oakland Raiders. The Rebels scored over 39 points per game last season.

But Ole Miss haven't been a consistent winner in recent seasons, failing to post an above .500 record since 2015.

LSU

Despite being a dominant force in Louisiana recruiting, LSU has never featured a Manning in its football program.

But the Tigers won the national championship in 2019 with one of the most explosive offenses in college football history. Under coach Ed Orgeron, quarterback Joe Burrow won the Heisman trophy and was the No.1 overall pick in the NFL Draft after LSU's championship winning campaign.

Arch visited LSU on June 14 and his high school teammates, four-star wide receiver A.J. Johnson and three-star offensive tackle Bo Bordelon, are both committed to the Tigers.

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Clemson

Clemson is a potentially strong contender for Arch.

The 2018 national champions have developed two first round NFL quarterbacks under coach Dabo Swinney, including this year's No.1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence. The program has also appeared in four of the last six national championship games.

The Manning family doesn't have any history with the school, but his first visit this summer was to Clemson on June 6. He also worked out in front of Swinney, producing a viral highlight throw when he was there.

Alabama

Coach Nick Saban's teams may be known for their defense, but Alabama has become an appealing destination for quarterback prospects.

The last two starting quarterbacks, Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones, were selected in the first round. In 2019, quarterback Jalen Hurts was a second-round pick.

Alabama has also been the nation's most dominant program. The Tide has won three of the last six national championships, only losing six games during that span.

Arch visited Alabama on June 19.

SMU

SMU is a surprise contender for Arch given the school's status as a Group of Five school and their relative lack of success in comparison to his other potential suitors — the Mustangs have appeared in two bowl games since 2013.

But SMU hosted Arch on a visit, back on June 10. And the program has found more success under coach Sonny Dykes, posting a 17-6 record over the last two seasons.

Texas

Arch visited Texas on June 12 and coach Steve Sarkisian is a well-respected offensive mind, having guided high-powered offenses as the former USC coach and offensive coordinator with Alabama and the Atlanta Falcons.

But Texas hasn't had a strong recent track record of developing quarterbacks. Their last quarterback selected in the first round was Vince Young in 2006.

And the school has struggled to live up to its billing as a historically successful program in recent years with only one New Year's Six bowl game appearance since 2010.

Georgia

Georgia has become a perennial New Years Six contender under coach Kirby Smart and Arch visited the Bulldogs on June 24.

But Georgia lacks a robust recent history of developing first-round caliber quarterbacks and infamously sat five-star quarterback Justin Fields in favor of Jake Fromm. Fields eventually transferred to Ohio State, leading the Buckeyes to the national championship game in February before becoming a first-round pick.

Other contenders

Tennessee, the school Peyton was a star at for four years, will be in the discussion for Arch's services despite not having visited the school yet.

Virginia is another dark horse in the Arch Manning sweepstakes. His sister attends Virginia and his mother went there as well. 

Two West Coast schools and Midwest giants Southern Cal, Stanford, Notre Dame and Ohio State have offered scholarships to Arch and he has expressed interest in visiting all four schools.