USA TODAY High School Sports Notes on Friday night is a weekly roundup of high school football recruiting, covering the latest news from across the country – from the class of 2022 through ’23 and beyond.
One of the best quarterbacks in the Class of 2023 went off the board earlier this week when former Texas A&M four-star commit Eli Holstein signed to play for Nick Saban in Alabama.
Holstein’s involvement is intriguing beyond the fact that Saban landed a former Jimbo Fisher recruit just a few weeks after she verbally spat about NIL. Holstein’s promise to the Crimson Tide impacts the rest of the 2023 quarterback class — including Arch Manning.
Let’s dig a little deeper in the latest issue of Friday Night Notes.
Arch Manning and Alabama are moving forward
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Holstein’s commitment to Alabama could end the possibility of a Manning landing with the Crimson Tide. Alabama could accommodate two quarterbacks, but would any of the passers want to be part of a two-quarterback class? Manning can play anywhere in the country, and Holstein is in the top 60 according to the industry-compiled 247Sports Composite rankings. Alabama is still chasing Manning, but the odds of him ending up in Tuscaloosa are a lot slimmer now than they were around this week Time.
What brings Holstein to Alabama
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So much of the talk following Holstein’s engagement has focused on Fisher vs. Saban and the impact on Manning. In doing so, the fact that Alabama gets one for itself is lost very talented quarterback. Saban would not have put Holstein on the board with Manning unless he had complete faith in his ability to develop into a good SEC quarterback. Holstein has gotten better in each of his seasons at Zachary (La.) and is trending in the right direction ahead of his collegiate career. He tested well and his arm is strong.
Rocky Top Palooza in Tennessee
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Tennessee uses Memorial Day weekend to take in a massive contingent of recruits led by five-star pass rusher Chandavian Bradley. The Vols currently hold the No. 8 Recruiting Class in the Class of 2023 and could use this weekend to position themselves well for Bradley and their other top targets.
Blue chip running back commits to Notre Dame
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Marcus Freeman struck down the recruiting path again Thursday when four-star running back Jayden Limar signed for Notre Dame. The Washington native plans to arrive in South Bend in January.
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