We now know where Arch Manning’s NFL journey will begin

Quarterback Arch Manning (16) throws a pass as Newman takes on Lafayette Christian Academy in the LHSAA Division III semifinals on Nov. 24, 2021.Arch Manning
Quarterback Arch Manning (16) throws a pass as Newman takes on Lafayette Christian Academy in the LHSAA Division III semifinals on Nov. 24, 2021.Arch Manning /

Arch Manning is poised to be the most heavily hyped quarterback prospect, maybe ever. We now know where his journey to the NFL begins.

Back in the early 2000s, there was no Twitter or social media, in general. That didn’t prevent LeBron James from becoming one of the most hyped young athletes of all time.

Everyone was looking for the “next” best thing in every sport, and a lot of prep stars got overhyped back in those times but nobody more so than LeBron James, whose road to the NBA was filled with tons of magazine covers and national TV broadcasts of his high school games at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s.

James was being touted, at the time, as the “next” Michael Jordan, and understandably so. If any athlete has an argument for having reached the level of superstardom that Michael Jordan did, it’s LeBron James.

Why bring up all of this about the hype surrounding LeBron James as a future NBA star?

It feels like Arch Manning is quickly becoming the football equivalent.

Arch Manning is obviously the nephew of both Peyton and Eli Manning, the grandson of Archie Manning, and the son of Cooper Manning.

He’s an NFL legacy which already makes him interesting, but he’s not just an NFL legacy and he’s not just a face in the crowd among future college prospects.

He’s the no. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2023.

He’s been heavily recruited by every major school in the country and has finally made a decision about where he’s going to be playing his college football.

There was a ton of hype a handful of years ago over which college would land Trevor Lawrence, who obviously ended up signing with Clemson and then ultimately living up to the hype in a big way, winning a National Title and becoming a number one overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Arch Manning seems to be cut from a similar cloth. He is obviously a highly touted high school recruit but it just seems like everyone can feel that this kid is going to become a superstar in the NFL eventually.

Unlike Eli and Peyton, Arch Manning is more of a mobile quarterback as opposed to a traditional pocket passer, although he can do damage in both ways.

He’s also a dual-sport athlete at Isidore Newman in Louisiana, so this kid is a naturally great athlete.

And he’s not even a senior in high school yet.

Texas Longhorns fans will obviously be looking forward to the 2023 season when Arch will make his debut, but until then, there are a ton of other things for them to sort out at the position.

As of right now, it looks like the top recruit from the class of 2021 — Quinn Ewers — is slated to be the starting quarterback for Texas in 2022.

He’s going to need to prove that no. 1 ranking rather quickly because Manning will likely arrive on campus as an early enrollee.

Ewers is not NFL Draft eligible after this season, and there’s very little doubt that Arch Manning will be the starter upon his arrival.

There will likely be a lot of players transferring from the Longhorns program in the near future, but they’ve landed the biggest prize in recent memory, maybe ever.

Arch Manning could be the biggest college athlete “celebrity” the sports world has ever seen.