Arch Manning Thinks Football Not Recruitment Trips | prepare sports
Arch Manning stood roughly in the middle of Newman football field, glancing across the rest of campus and smiling.
This was his home for most of his life. The 18-year-old can play quarterback at almost any school in the country — Alabama, Georgia and Texas currently rank among the leaders — but his immediate focus is on what he can accomplish in the coming months.
Monday marked the first day of spring training for Manning and his Newman football teammates. Training started at 4:04 p.m. and ended exactly 2 hours, 30 minutes later.
This was not a pass-heavy day. His first attempt at a pass came at 5:05 p.m. – a quick out against outstanding senior receiver Makai Donaldson, whose college prospects are also bright.
Manning’s immediate goal is not to choose college. That will come with time. Instead, he wants to enjoy the remaining moments he has as a student on the uptown campus.
“It’s weird,” Manning said. “I’m approaching my 13th year with Newman.”
These are the teammates Manning had when he first started playing football. Or any organized sports, for that matter. Manning said it was “just yesterday” when he was in the spring before his freshman year.
In 31 games over three seasons, Manning has threw for 6,277 yards and 81 touchdowns and added 777 yards and 20 points. He has one more season to play.
“I don’t want to give it up completely just yet,” he said. “I’m really enjoying it.”
Several college coaches watched the practice from the shady side of the field. Among them were Alabama offensive and defensive coordinators Bill O’Brien and Pete Golding, Virginia offensive coordinator Des Kitchings, quarterbacks coach Taylor Lamb, LSU quarterbacks coach Joe Sloan, and Tulane tight ends coaches Slade Nagel.
Florida State recruiting coordinator David Johnson, a former St. Augustine coach, also stopped by.
Manning won’t be the only Newman player with college interest. Rising senior tight end Will Randle is holding multiple offers as Manning’s top passing target. As did rising offensive lineman sophomore Brett Bordelon, a younger brother of LSU signee Bo Bordelon.
Manning wore a black jersey with no number on the front or back, green shorts, and white shoes with white socks.
“He likes that,” said Newman coach Nelson Stewart before the start of training. “He’s not into glitz, glamour. The interviews. Also the recruitment. When he visits schools, he likes to practice. He likes going to meetings. It’s his favorite thing, getting out there, working with his linemen, working with his wide receivers, getting a feel for what’s ahead.”
Newman will train for two weeks before coming to the green-white scrimmage at 4pm on May 20.
Other college coaches are sure to come by for other practices.
Newman has been the home of the Manning family for much longer than Arch’s school years. His father Cooper and his famous Super Bowl winners Uncles Peyton and Eli also attended the school. Younger brother Heid is an aspiring junior offensive lineman.
Arch’s roots are deep in school, which is why he’s in no hurry to leave a place that’s been home for so long.
When the college decision comes, it will be at the right moment.
“If I knew that,” he said, “I would probably get involved.”