So far, the recruitment of 5-star 2023 quarterback Arch Manning has been lacking in any official statements from the player as his family kept him out of the public eye.
But now the quarterback has spoken up for the first time about his recruiting process and a possible timeline for when he'll make a decision.
How is the decision coming?
“It’s kind of getting closer,” he told On3 Sports.
“I don’t really have a point yet, but I guess it’s kind of narrowing down. I’m looking forward to (making a decision) either before the season or during the season or after the season. If I was ready I’d commit right now I would, so I’m just waiting.”
Manning said he wants to work through the spring with his new coaches at Isidore Newman High before going on any more official visits.
A new contender?
And while Texas, Georgia, and Alabama appear to still be the favorites to sign Manning, one other SEC school is also getting consideration.
“I’ve had a few conversations with Florida,” Manning said.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about Coach (Billy) Napier, so I might want to get check and see what they’re all about.”
Manning also said he'll probably take in a game at LSU this season and had high praise for Texas and Georgia, calling Athens “probably the best college town I've ever been to.”
Who's in the running?
His remarks come as reports indicate that Alabama has slipped down in Manning's estimations as Georgia and Texas have moved into the lead to sign the quarterback.
Texas has a 60.1 percent chance to sign Manning, according to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine. Georgia places second at 26.9 percent, with Alabama coming in third at 11 percent.
Clemson fell out of the running early in the process, and Ole Miss is no longer included in most analysts' predictions.
Arch Manning stats
As a junior at Isidore Newman in New Orleans, Manning threw for 1,947 yards and 26 touchdowns to four interceptions with another seven rushing scores.
In his high school career, he’s thrown for 6,307 yards as a starter in three seasons with 81 touchdowns passing and 19 rushing. He averages almost 13 yards per pass, over 212 passing yards per game, and has 18 career interceptions.
Manning is the consensus No. 1 quarterback and overall player regardless of position in the 2023 college football recruiting class.