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

Arch Manning, the No. 1 ranked player in the 247Sports’ 2023 class, made huge waves Thursday by ending his fast-track enlistment and declaring his commitment to Texas over Alabama and Georgia. Nephew of legendary quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning and grandson of College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning, Manning has been the hottest favorite since the days of Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields.

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

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound signal caller from Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans threw Manning for 6,307 yards and 81 touchdowns and rushed for another 19 in three seasons.

He’s one of seven potential players and three quarterbacks with a perfect rating of 1.0000 at 247Sports Composite, joining another pair of Texan callers in Vince Young and Quinn Ewers.

Not only does Manning possess “all the physical tools required in a quarterback,” according to 247Sports national employment analyst Cooper Petanga, but he also displays “exceptional intuition and awareness, demonstrating the ability to drive and navigate the game at a very high level.”

Manning’s acquisition continues a hot-recruiting trend for Texas coach Steve Sarkissian, who is making Longhorn a destination for high-profile recruits. Sark recently joined Ewers, former Ohio State quarterback, former five-star inductee, former Alabama state finisher Jalil Billingsley and several other superstars to Austin, Texas, as he tries to replenish a depleted roster.

With the Ewers on campus and four-star Malik Murphy, the number 12 caller in the 2022 class, already in the center room, there’s a big competition for the opening party in 2023 on the horizon regardless of how well the Ewers do this season, for the first time with centuries long .

Working under Alabama coach Nick Saban in 2019 and 2020, Sarkissian saw first-hand what it looks like to acquire excellent talent, and to have that talent competing with as many top-tier players as possible in practice. Stacking quarterbacks – and all the key players – on top of each other creates the culture of competition that championship teams need.

Although Manning misses the opportunity to play in the SEC powers of Alabama and Georgia, he will end up playing in the league when Texas (and Oklahoma) complete their transition from the Big 12 before the 2025 season when Manning enters his third. general.

The Manning family played Arch recruit near the jacket, choosing their words carefully in public while insisting that the decision rested with Arch alone. In the end, Arch appeared to pick Texas over Georgia after Alabama cemented a contingency plan with 2023 quarterback Eli Holstein’s commitment last month.

However, Manning made official visits to all three schools in June with his stop in Texas last weekend. In a strong finish with Manning, Longhorns also picked up a Sunday commitment from fellow high school mate, three-star Will Randle.

As 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong noted on CBS Sports HQ after Manning’s visit to Texas, the Longhorns did not recruit another quarterback for the 2023 class. “Steve Sarkissian and his company have all been at Arch Manning from the start,” Wiltfong said.

This commitment to Manning has paid off in large part with Manning’s commitment to a program that seeks to return to its former glory. The Longhorns have racked up 10 wins just once in the past 12 seasons since Mack Brown’s tenure peak in the 2000s.

But with top-notch facilities, solid reinforced support, and a solid history, Texans have all the resources to compete for national titles. Now, they have a generation-to-generation quarterback in the fold as well who can bring the program one step closer to truly “coming back” in the way many Texans fans are eager to experience.

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