New Orleans (La.) Isidore Newman five-star junior quarterback Arch Manning is ready for his first college visit of the summer. His father Cooper tells 247Sports the family will be at Clemson this weekend, arriving on Saturday.
The Tigers have been one of the programs recruiting the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Manning the longest. Manning’s brother Heid, an offensive lineman, will also camp at Clemson.
“They made that early connection,” Isidore Newman head coach Nelson Stewart said. “Brandon Streeter was one of the first coaches I remember talking to. Their approach has been authentic. They’ve taken the time, especially Coach Streeter in getting to know him, not barraging him, checking in. I know one of his favorite Zooms was with the entire offensive staff one morning about a month or so ago. He really enjoyed it. He even left his notes, he borrowed one of my notebooks and what he writes down is staggering what he sees.
“(Arch) really has an interest (in Clemson). Their culture is awesome. Him and Cooper had a really good FaceTime with Dabo (Swinney) one night. They’ve taken a good, patient approach.”
Future June visits for class of 2023’s No. 1 QB include SMU, Texas, Alabama and Georgia. Manning also wants to visit the likes of Stanford, USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Virginia, North Carolina and so many more down the road. He’s been to LSU and Ole Miss in the past.
“As a coach I’m so excited for him,” Stewart said. “He can finally go meet guys and not be on FaceTime and Zoom and to be able to see places and faces. I told him last night you’ve handled this so well and I’m so proud of you. He wants to see as many places as possible.”
Ranked by the 247Sports Composite and Top247 as the No. 1 quarterback in the class of 2023, Manning recently wrapped up a terrific spring camp at Isidore Newman. Like everyone else nationally, the guys at Isidore Newman were excited to be back on the field having normal practices after going through a Covid-19 pandemic year.
“The last four or five practices he only had three incompletions the entire day,” Stewart said. “He’s really playing well.
“He just has great command of the offense, really hitting his progressions. I told one of the Power Five guys I was talking to, during the pandemic we were lucky if we got to the second or third progression. Now daily he was hitting the fourth progression in spring ball. He has great command of it. He’s fun to coach, great leader. He was named a captain. Our players vote on it. He’s only the third junior in the modern era to be a captain. Only Peyton Manning and Jay Tyler who played at Stanford are the other guys.”
Through his first two prep seasons Manning has passed for 4,081 yards and 53 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions, completing nearly 68 percent of his attempts.