Arch Manning commits to Texas: Five-star quarterback, No. 1 overall prospect ends whirlwind recruitment

Arch Manning, the No. 1 ranked player in 247Sports Class of 2023, made huge waves Thursday by ending his whirlwind recruiting and announcing his commitment to Texas against Alabama and Georgia. Manning, nephew of legendary quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning and grandson of College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning, has been the most sought-after recruiting prospect since the days of Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields.

“Engaged to University of Texas. #HookEm,” Arch Manning announced in a tweet.

A 6-foot-4, 215-pound flagman from Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, Manning threw for 6,307 yards, 81 touchdowns and rushed for 19 more scores in three seasons.

He is one of seven prospects and three quarterbacks to ever receive a perfect 1.0000 rating in the 247Sports Composite, joining another pair of Texas callers in Vince Young and Quinn Ewers.

Manning not only has “every physical tool one could want at quarterback,” according to 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Cooper Petanga, but he also displays “exceptional intuition and awareness, showing the ability to command and navigate in the game at a very high level.”

Manning’s acquisition continues a hot recruiting trend for Texas coach Steve Sarkisian, which clearly makes the Longhorns a destination for high-level recruits. Sark recently rattled Ewers, former Ohio State quarterback and former five-star rookie, ex-Alabama tight end Jahleel Billingsley and several other stars in Austin, Texas, as he strives to replenish an exhausted list.

With Ewers on campus and Maalik Murphy four-star, the No. 12 caller of the Class of 2022, already in the quarterback room, a major competition for the starting gig in 2023 looms on the horizon, whatever be Ewers’ success this season, his first with the Longhorns.

Working under Alabama coach Nick Saban in 2019 and 2020, Sarkisian has seen first-hand what it’s like to acquire top-tier talent and have that talent compete against so many top players. level as possible in training. Stacking quarterbacks — and all top players — on top of each other creates a culture of competition that championship-caliber teams need.

Although Manning is passing up the chance to play for established SEC powerhouses Alabama and Georgia, he will eventually play in the league when Texas (and Oklahoma) complete their Big 12 transition before the 2025 season. when Manning enters his third year.

The Manning family played Arch’s recruitment close to the vest, carefully choosing their words in public while insisting the decision was Arch’s alone. In the end, Arch appeared to choose Texas over Georgia after Alabama solidified a contingency plan with the commitment of Eli Holstein, another top 2023 quarterback, last month. .

Still, Manning made official visits to all three schools in June with his stop in Texas last weekend. Finishing strong with Manning, the Longhorns also earned a commitment Sunday from high school teammate, three-star tight end Will Randle.

As 247Sports recruiting director Steve Wiltfong pointed out at CBS Sports headquarters following Manning’s visit to Texas, the Longhorns have not recruited another quarterback in the Class of 2023.

This commitment to Manning has paid off in major ways, with Manning embarking on a program that seeks to regain its former glory. The Longhorns have reached 10 wins just once in the past 12 seasons since the heights of Mack Brown’s tenure in the first decade of the 2000s.

But with top-notch facilities, strong booster support, and a solid history, Texas has all the resources it needs to compete for national titles. Now they also have a potentially generational quarterback in the fold who can bring the program one step closer to a true “return” to the way so many Texas fans yearn to live.

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