The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Manning is tabbed by the Top247 as the country’s No. 1 pro-style passer and No 5 prospect overall.
On the season Manning now has 22 touchdown passes and nine rushing scores heading into the state playoffs. Reported scholarship offers for the blue-chip recruit include the likes of LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina and Duke.
Isidore Newman is ranked No. 26 in the state of Louisiana in the MaxPreps poll.
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-Arch to Sterling Scott
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-Arch 11-yard TD pass to Pike Philibert @Pike1023
Newman leads South Plaq 14-0 2nd Q
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As a freshman Manning threw for 2,438 yards passing and 34 touchdowns to just six interceptions as his team went 9-1 with him under center.
“Manning had perhaps the best freshman season of any quarterback we evaluated for this release,” 247Sports National Analyst Charles Power said. “He came in with big expectations and was able to perform at a high level despite the amount of attention he was receiving, which I find to be pretty impressive for such a young player.
“Manning didn’t look like an inexperienced freshman being advanced for this age and is not overwhelmed by the speed of the game. He’s got a strong mechanical base as a passer and throws a nice, tight football on video. Apart from his production and overall play, I really liked the improvisational playmaking ability we saw at times. Most freshmen are trying to keep their heads above water this early, but Manning is spinning out of tackles and making off-schedule plays with his arm and feet.”
Manning is the son of Cooper Manning, grandson of Archie Manning and nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning and he’s wired like those guys.
“He’s one of those kids if he’s 21 of 23, he wants to focus on the two incompletions,” Isidore Newman head coach Nelson Stewart told 247Sports prior to the season. “He likes to get coached and he doesn’t always think he’s right. There is an authenticity to him and a humbleness to him and he doesn’t have all the answers. He has a team-based approach, great work ethic and he’s incredibly humble. He’s all about his teammates, all about getting better, everything is earned, nothing is given, I think that’s the biggest thing.
Numerous sources have told 247Sports that Manning is taking the recruiting process very slow.
“The biggest thing now is that he’s started to listen, is getting to know the coaches and taking it slow,” Nelson said. “I think it’s going to be something [Cooper] said, ‘closer to a 1970s recruitment’ where it’s really all about relationships, learning not just about the program but the coaches and taking the glitter off things and getting to know the people. Some of these offers become like patches on a letter jacket and some kids are so fast and excited to announce on Twitter. It’s something where they are taking it humbly and any time you have that level of interest it’s fantastic and he’s doing things slowly and quietly to make the best possible decision. For him the moment isn’t when you sign but where you go after that. It’s been very refreshing and old school and the coaches have been very accepting of that which has been refreshing as well.”