What Arch Manning, nation's top 2023 prospect, said about recruiting visits after season-opening win

Chris Singleton
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Five-star Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning had a successful season debut with a 28-0 win over Vandebilt Catholic in New Orleans on Friday.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Manning, nephew of former NFL star quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, is the No. 1 player in the nation for the 2023 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. Nearly every major college football program, including LSU, has been recruiting him.

Here are five takeaways from Manning’s performance against Vandebilt on Friday.

Off to a hot start

Manning couldn’t have scripted a better start to the season. He completed 16 of 26 passes for 265 yards and three touchdown passes against Vandebilt.

In the first half, he connected on 9 of 14 passes for 165 yards. Newman didn’t score any points in the second half, but took time off the clock with a balanced mix of rushing and short passing.

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After Newman's first two games of the season were canceled due to Hurricane Ida, Manning said they were ready to play on Friday.

“It’s been a long two weeks,” Manning said. “We came out strong in the first half. We had a good full week of practice. We were ready. It’s good to play. A win is a win. This team has been through a lot. We just took things day by day. We just want to play. It was good to be out here. It was a good night overall.”

Spreading the wealth

Manning threw passes to five receivers and connected on touchdown passes of 9 yards to Will Randle, 36 to Saint Villere and a 23 to Tee Williams.

“I thought the receivers did well,” Manning said. “We had some drops but that’s not anything mental. We have a lot to work on but I think we will be ready for next week.”

Showing running ability

While showcasing his throwing skills, Manning took advantage of several opportunities to show off his rushing talents.

He had five carries for 67 yards and a 1-yard touchdown run.

“I think this offense is going to run it a little bit,” Manning said. “I feel a lot more comfortable running.”

Clemson makes visit to New Orleans

Clemson quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Brandon Streeter made the trip to New Orleans to watch Manning’s first game.

Manning said it was great to catch up with Streeter before the game.

“It was cool. I know Coach Streeter,” Manning said. “He’s a good guy. It’s good seeing him come out and see what it’s all about.”

Hitting the road for upcoming visits

Manning said he is preparing to make his first set of on-campus recruiting visits.

His first trip will be to Georgia to watch the Bulldogs take on South Carolina at 6 p.m. Saturday in Athens, Georgia.

Manning said he looks forward to seeing what Sanford Stadium has to offer.

“I haven’t been to a game in Athens,” Manning said. “It should be fun.”

Manning said he plans to attend the Ole Miss at Alabama game on Oct. 2. He also has planned visits to Texas and Clemson.