Arch Manning speaks highly of Georgia after recruiting trip in March: 'Athens is the best college town I've been to'

By , Audacy Sports

The No. 1 recruit in the 2023 recruiting class is seemingly narrowing down his choices on where he'll attend school. According to a recent report from On3, Texas and Georgia are generating the "most buzz" for Arch Manning.

Manning, who is the son of Cooper and nephew to Eli and Peyton took visits to both schools but now has finally opened up about his highly publicized recruiting process, indicating that he may be leaning towards signing with the defending National Champions.

During an interview Manning had with the Athens-Banner Herald, the 6'4' prodigy spoke about how impressed he was with Georgia both on and off the field, praising Kirby Smart and calling Athens "the best college town he's ever been to."

"Athens is probably the best college town I’ve ever been to," Manning said to McClain Baxley of the Athens Banner-Herald. "I love coach Kirby (Smart) and he’s a real normal guy, a great coach. Georgia, the takeaway from practice there, is that they have athletes all over the field, especially on the defensive line."

The highly sought-after QB also praised the program's ability to recruit and develop its players into NFL-caliber talents.

"They have some studs and it shows. They had 15 players drafted."

Manning's comments are certainly a good sign for Bulldogs fans but they will have to stave off a bunch of competition, including from Smart's former boss Nick Saban and his mighty Alabama Crimson Tide program who are still in the mix to get a commitment from Manning.

The only thing that seems certain is Manning will likely take the same route as his famous relatives and attend an SEC school. Archie, his father Cooper and Eli all played football at Ole Miss with Peyton being the sole outlier, deciding to play at Tennessee.

Although Manning is looking forward to a prosperous college career, his focus remains on his senior season at Isidore Newman where he'll be playing under a new offense with new coaches.

"If I was ready I’d commit right now I would, so I’m just waiting," Manning said. “I want to get through this spring with this new offense and new coaches (at Newman), so after spring I’m gonna see about the official visits."

According to 24/7 Sports, Texas, Georgia and Alabama are in the driver's seat to win the Arch Manning sweepstakes. Manning also took a visit to UGA back in September for the South Carolina game after visiting campus during the summer.

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