Cooper Manning discusses Arch Manning's upcoming Ole Miss football visit, Oxford connections
THIBODAUX, La. — The race to continue the family legacy will begin before the end of the month.
Arch Manning, the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the Class of 2023, will take a visit to Ole Miss before the next recruiting dead period begins on Aug. 1, his father Cooper Manning told the Clarion Ledger.
Arch Manning is the grandson of former Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning and the nephew of former Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning, both of whom have their numbers retired at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. He is a junior at Isidore Newman in New Orleans.
"He is going to go to Ole Miss," Cooper Manning said Friday at the Manning Passing Academy. "We're going to be up in Mississippi and we're going to pop over there. We haven't gotten to know (Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin) or (offensive coordinator) Jeff Lebby and just go there as a recruit. It's one thing to go there as a teenager and run around and just be a guy. But to see it and hear the pitch."
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Like his dad and youngest brother, Cooper Manning went to Ole Miss. Archie Manning was Ole Miss' quarterback from 1968-70 and Eli Manning was Ole Miss' quarterback from 2000-03. Middle brother Peyton Manning was Tennessee's quarterback from 1994-97.
Some of the other schools Arch Manning has already visited this summer include Clemson, Texas and SMU.
Cooper Manning said the quality his son is most interested in when taking recruiting visits is the ability to talk ball. He said his son's top priority is to talk to offensive coordinators and quarterbacks coaches about schemes, plays and film as opposed to talking about off-field factors.
For Cooper Manning, it's not particularly tough staying neutral when it comes to Ole Miss. He sees himself as a parent first. Following the example his parents set when his brothers were top-level recruits, Cooper Manning is letting his son's role in the journey take center stage.
"I loved Ole Miss. I went there and had a blast. It was a great place for me," Cooper Manning said. "But at the same time, you want your children to be happy and come home from school happy. Wherever it is, whatever they want to do, you just want the best for them. I'm just trying to be a good parent and a good wingman on this ride."
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