Ole Miss has a storied history at quarterback.
Charlie Conerly was named the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1948 and led the New York Giants to the NFL title in 1956; he was a three-time All-Pro.
Jimmy Lear led Ole Miss to its first undefeated season in 1952.
Jake Gibbs, Doug Elmore and Glynn Griffing were named All-Americans while under center at Ole Miss. Gibbs would go on to have a storied career with the New York Yankees as a catcher and became Ole Miss’ baseball coach.
But as good as those guys were, they are not named “Manning.”
Archie and Eli are remembered as staples of the Rebels’ glory years. The elder Manning’s No. 18 jersey is retired, and the speed limit on campus is 18 mph. The younger Manning won the 2003 Maxwell Award as the nation’s top quarterback, and he’s a two-time Super Bowl champion.
Could another Manning eventually add his name to that legacy?
Cooper Manning, older brother of Eli and Peyton, played wide receiver at New Orleans Isidore Newman and was a fine player in his own right. While injuries prevented him from playing in college, his son seems to be following in granddad’s footsteps on the field.
Arch Manning is a sixth-grader at Christian Brothers Middle School in New Orleans, and is a feeder school to Isidore Newman. Arch wears No. 16, just like uncle Peyton, and is a quarterback. Still too young to be ranked or to have a recruiting profile, Manning is tall and slender for his age, like his two famous uncles. Internet reports list him as 5 feet 5 and 120 pounds.
QB Country, a quarterback camp based in Mobile, Ala,, released a video of the young Manning at its camp. The camp, led by former Ole Miss quarterback David Morris, trains quarterbacks from middle school up to the NFL.
In just four years, 80 of its campers have signed football scholarships.
While the offers will begin to pour in over the next six years for Manning, jeep in mind he still has junior high football to finish first.
If you’re wondering, he’s a member of the 2023 recruiting class. Keep an eye on him over the coming years, and remember where you first heard his name.
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