Spring practice began in New Orleans Monday and the most sought after football prospect talked to media for the first time since his basketball season ended.
Arch Manning, who is the No. 1 recruit in the 2023 recruiting class, started his final spring football season at Isidore Newman. The talented quarterback talked with On3 national recruiting analyst Sam Spiegelman and opened up about his recruitment, which heavily includes Georgia.
“Athens is probably the best college town I’ve ever been to,” Manning said. “I love coach Kirby (Smart) and he’s a real normal guy, a great coach. Georgia, the takeaway from practice there, is that they have athletes all over the field, especially on the defensive line. They have some studs and it shows: they had 15 players drafted.”
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Manning has visited Athens on multiple occasions, most recently in mid-March and also attended Georgia’s victory against South Carolina in the fall. This spring he also visited Alabama and Texas. While those three are the expected favorites to land Manning, he’s also hoping to get to Florida and LSU for visits this summer.
As has been the case throughout his recruitment, Manning is taking his time with his decision. He’s focused on spring practice and hasn’t scheduled any official visits yet, his coach Nelson Stewart told the Athens Banner-Herald Monday.
“If I was ready I’d commit right now I would, so I’m just waiting,” Manning said. “I want to get through this spring with this new offense and new coaches (at Newman), so after spring I’m gonna see about the official visits.”
McClain Baxley is a recruiting reporter for the Athens Banner-Herald and the USA TODAY Network. Follow him on Twitter at @mcclainbaxley.
This article originally appeared on Athens Banner-Herald: Arch Manning, No. 1 2023 football recruit: Athens ‘best college town’
Luka Doncic evaluates shoulder, ‘tough’ scar after Warriors-Mavericks Game 1
Luka evaluates shoulder, doesn’t mind ‘tough’ Game 1 scar originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Luka Dončić was roughed up in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. And not just in the box score.
“It’s good,” Dončić said of his face scar after the game. “Makes me look tough.”
Dončić also was seen grabbing the back of his shoulder in apparent pain throughout Wednesday’s contest. But following the game, he didn’t seem too concerned.
“I felt a little pain when I shot [the basketball],” he said. “But it’s OK. It’s fine. We’ll get some treatment, and it’ll be fine.”
Dončić was locked down by Andrew Wiggins and the Warriors’ defensive effort, contributing just 20 points and shooting 3 of 10 from deep. He logged a team-worst minus-30 rating in 35 minutes and had more turnovers (7) than field-goal makes (6) for the first time in his playoff career.
Dončić and the Warriors will go at it again in Game 2 on Friday night at Chase Center.
Alabama football coach Nick Saban says Texas A&M ‘paid all of their players’ for 2022 class
BIRMINGHAM — Alabama football coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that Texas A&M “bought every player on their team,” referring to name, image and likeness deals for the top-ranked 2022 recruiting class.
Saban said Alabama didn’t offer NIL deals to its recruits.
“We were second in recruiting last year,” he said. “A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness. We didn’t buy one player. But I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future because more and more people are doing it.”
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Saban, who has been vocal about NIL in college athletics, also said 25 players on Alabama’s roster last season earned NIL revenue totaling $3 million and did it “the right way.”
“Our guys earned it and no one in our locker room had a problem with that,” said Saban.
Saban went on to talk about how NIL is a great concept to allow players to profit, but emphasized concerns about deals being brokered by coaches or boosters.
“Players have always been allowed to work. It’s just a different opportunity for them to make money by working,” said Saban. “There is nothing wrong with that, and I told my players to get agents, get representation and create opportunities for yourself.”
Saban also talked about collectives – entities created to offer or coordinate NIL deals with athletes for specific schools to support those programs.High Tide Traditions, which has no official affiliation with the University of Alabama, was created last month to “create championship level partnerships between business and student-athletes.”
Saban said collectives open up the doors for NIL to be a recruiting tool.
“That’s not what name, image and likeness was supposed to be – that’s what is has become and that is the problem with college athletics right now,” Saban said. “My job is to create a platform for our players to create value for themselves and their future by becoming better people, by graduating from school and developing a career on or off the field.”
Saban also said former Alabama players have made $1.7 billion in the NFL since 2010.
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This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama football coach Nick Saban says Texas A&M bought 2022 recruits
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