Duke football: David Cutcliffe offers top 2023 QB prospect Arch Manning

Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe talks with quarterback Quentin Harris. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe talks with quarterback Quentin Harris. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

The Duke football program is courting to bring a Manning to Durham, and it could be the most talented quarterback in the family.

Peyton and Eli Manning have a long history with Duke University and head football coach David Cutcliffe.

The offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Peyton Manning at the University of Tennessee and head coach of Eli Manning at Ole Miss, Cutcliffe could be coaching another Manning at Duke in the future.

As both Super Bowl MVPs have traveled to Durham with their teammates in the offseason to train at Duke during their NFL careers, the brothers could be making more trips to the state of North Carolina to watch their nephew Arch Manning.

The son of Cooper Manning has officially been ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the Class of 2023 and is the top quarterback in the rising sophomore class, according to the newly minted 247 Sports Rankings.

Cooper, who also attended Ole Miss as a wide receiver, could not continue his football career following a spinal stenosis diagnosis before he ever played in a game for the Rebels.

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However, his son is following in the footsteps of his uncles and grandfather as the next great signal-caller to come out of the family.

Arch, the reigning MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year from Isidore Newman School (La.) after leading his team to a 9-2 record while he started every game under center, obviously has already picked up a slew of offers that include Alabama, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Texas, in addition to the Blue Devils.

The Manning’s have many connections to a number of the schools that are recruiting Arch, LSU being the home state school of the Manning’s, Tennessee serving as the legendary school of Peyton, and Ole Miss hosting Eli, Cooper, and grandfather Archie.

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However, the one overwhelming detail between all of those schools, with the exception of LSU, is the presence of David Cutcliffe who has coached both Eli and Peyton and remained a close friend, advisor, and coach for the brothers throughout their prolific careers.

Clearly David Cutcliffe will have fierce competition to land Arch Manning, but personal experiences should weigh more in the minds of the Manning’s than word of mouth from other coaches. And that is where the Duke football head coach should hold a sizable advantage.