Arch Manning is heading to Texas.
The five-star quarterback tweeted Thursday that he was verbally committing to the Longhorns. Manning is the nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning and the top-rated recruit in the highschool class of 2023 in accordance with Rivals.
Manning’s dedication to Texas is an enormous win for the Longhorns and coach Steve Sarkisian. Texas was competing with the likes of Alabama and Georgia – the 2 groups that performed for the nationwide title in January – to safe Manning’s providers. And now Manning would be the quarterback who Texas followers hope can convey the staff again into nationwide title rivalry.
Manning, the son of eldest Manning brother Cooper, has been a extremely touted QB recruit ever since he stepped on the sector for Isidore Newman in New Orleans. His recruitment over the previous yr has been some of the high-profile in years as main applications from throughout the nation all had been vying for his providers.
Manning Vs. Quinn Ewers?
Manning’s probably arrival – verbal commitments are non-binding and never official till a participant indicators a letter of intent – is the second large QB get for Texas in as a few years. The college landed Texas native Quinn Ewers as a switch in December after Ewers spent a season at Ohio State after skipping his senior season of highschool soccer.
Ewers was the highest QB recruit within the class of 2021 and thought of the favourite to be the Longhorns ’beginning quarterback in 2022 forward of the Hudson Card. With Ewers coming into his second season, he and Manning are on monitor to be the topics of an extremely high-profile quarterback competitors forward of the 2023 season.
We bought a touch that Alabama might be out of the Manning sweepstakes earlier within the spring when four-star QB Eli Holstein dedicated to the Crimson Tide. Holstein is the No. 5 pro-style QB within the class of 2023 and might be arriving in Tuscaloosa probably as Bryce Younger turns professional. The reigning Heisman winner is coming into his third season of school soccer in 2022 and is eligible to declare for the NFL draft after the season.
Georgia, in the meantime, has Stetson Bennett returning as its beginning quarterback for an additional season and five-star recruit Brock Vandagriff ready within the wings. Vandagriff was the No. 2 pro-style QB within the class of 2021.
Texas has struggled since 2009
Manning is now set to affix a Texas program that’s eager for the glory days of the Mack Brown period. The Longhorns have gained 10 video games in a season simply as soon as since going 13-1 and dropping to Alabama within the BCS title recreation on the finish of the 2009 season. Sarkisian is the staff’s third coach because the faculty parted methods with Brown after the 2013 season and the Longhorns posted only a 5-7 report in 2021.
A giant cause for Texas’ struggles has been inconsistent quarterback play. 4-year starter Sam Ehlinger has been the perfect quarterback since Colt McCoy and it is no coincidence that Texas’ greatest season since that BCS look got here in 2018. The Longhorns went 10-4 that season as Ehlinger accomplished 65% of his passes and had 41 complete touchdowns.
Card and Casey Thompson cut up time at quarterback for Texas in 2021 because the Longhorns infamously misplaced to Kansas within the midst of a six-game dropping streak that took them out of bowl rivalry. Texas was up 41-23 on Oklahoma with 2:45 to go within the fourth quarter earlier than dropping that recreation 55-48 on a late landing run by Kennedy Brooks. That loss despatched the Longhorns right into a tailspin that they solely broke out of with a win over Kansas State the ultimate week of the season.
Sarkisian probably bought Manning on Texas because of his earlier work with prime faculty quarterbacks. Sarkisian was an assistant at USC when the Trojans ran roughshod over faculty soccer with Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, and the previous Washington and USC head coach was Alabama’s offensive coordinator earlier than heading to Austin. At Alabama, Sarkisian labored with Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones after spending two years because the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.
Manning set to proceed household’s SEC custom
Arch Manning’s dedication to Texas implies that he’ll be the fourth Manning to play faculty soccer within the SEC each time Texas joins the convention. Grandfather Archie performed at Ole Miss earlier than becoming a member of the New Orleans Saints and Eli additionally performed for the Rebels. Peyton went to Tennessee earlier than he went to his Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame profession with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.