New Orleans (La.) Isidore Newman five-star quarterback Arch Manning has wrapped up his fall college visit schedule with Ole Miss and Clemson getting the last two stops in October.

Recruiting and his college future moves to the back burner for the 247Sports Composite’s No. 1 recruit as the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Manning is locked in on leading his team on a deep run in the state playoffs. The 2023 passer is having.a strong junior campaign, completing over 65 percent of his attempts for 1,545 yards and 22 touchdowns to just three interceptions. He’s also the team’s leading rusher with 293 yards and four scores.

“You see the ball distribution, how he’s running the ball and pushing it downfield and I think this is the best he’s played and he’s getting better every week,” Isidore Newman head coach Nelson Stewart said.

Peaking at the right time on Fridays, Manning told 247Sports earlier this fall a college decision wasn’t likely to come until the spring, and that timeline still seems the most realistic following the return trips to see the Rebels and Tigers. He also saw games at Georgia, Texas and Alabama this season, with those three programs being ones he checked out in the summer as well.

“He’s loved everywhere he’s been,” Stewart said. “I do think he will do another round of visits and talk to his family and see where he is. The biggest thing with him is not making an emotional decision, take his time and be thoughtful with it.”

Manning’s return to Ole Miss included the Rebels win over LSU on a day where his uncle Eli Manning’s jersey was retired and the end zones donned their last name.

“He told me he really enjoyed talking to (Lane) Kiffin,” Stewart said. “He said it was fun talking to him before the game. He said everybody was really nice and he had a great time with his family.

“He just said he really enjoyed before the game on the field talking to (Jeff) Lebby and Kiffin and the environment was great. A great college town. He said it was probably the best conversation he had and they were able to relate and talk and it was an authentic good conversation and he really enjoyed talking to them.

“I know he loves (Matt) Corral,” Stewart continued. “He got to talk to him some at Ole Miss and he loved seeing him play as well.”

Manning was at Clemson this past weekend for the Tigers win over Florida State.

“His parents said they had a great trip,” Stewart said. “It was fun just to go to a football game and enjoy the environment. He talked to the coaches briefly. It reaffirmed how good the people are there. Everybody is so nice and welcoming.”

During Isidore Newman games this fall we’ve seen Steve Sarkisian from Texas and Kirby Smart from Georgia among others on the sidelines watching Manning and his teammates. Alabama had their bye week this past week and offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and Pete Golding came by.

“They were helping me with my Pre-K gym class and pushing kids on the swing,” Stewart laughed. “It was neat. That was great. I joked with them. I really enjoyed talking with them. They couldn’t talk to Arch (per NCAA rules) but they got to see him throw a little bit. I’ve seen Coach O’Brien on a Face Time, this was my first time speaking with him. Obviously he knows a lot of football and Pete I’ve known forever. He’s a star, he’s really risen. It was good to see those guys.”