Arch Manning Commits to Texas: Five-Star Quarterback, Prospect No. 1 overall puts an end to the whirlwind recruitment

Arch Manning, the No. 1 player on the 247Sports’ Class of 2023, made big waves on Thursday by ending his swirling recruiting and announcing his Texas engagement over Alabama and Georgia. Manning, grandson 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 Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields.

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

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

He is one of only three prospects to receive a perfect score of 1,0000 in the 247Sports Composite, joining another pair of Texas quarterbacks in Vince Young and Quinn Ewers.

Manning not only has “all the physical tools desired in the quarterback position,” according to 247Sports national recruiting analyst Cooper Petanga, but he also displays “exceptional insight and awareness, showing the ability to command and navigate the game at a very high level. tall. “

The Manning acquisition continues a hot recruiting trend for Texas manager Steve Sarkisian, which is clearly making the Longhorns a destination for high-profile recruits. Sark recently took part in Ewers, former Ohio State quarterback and former five-star recruit, former Alabama tight ender Jahleel Billingsley and several other stars in Austin, Texas as he tries to replenish an exhausted roster. .

With Ewers on campus and four-star Maalik Murphy, caller number 12 in the class of 2022, already in the quarterback’s room, significant competition for the starting concert in 2023 is on the horizon, no matter how successful Ewers is this season. , his first with the Longhorns.

Working under Alabama manager Nick Saban in 2019 and 2020, Sarkisian saw firsthand what the acquisition of top-notch talent looks like and the fact that that talent competes with as many top players as possible. level in practice. Stacking quarterbacks – and all high-profile players – on top of each other creates a culture of competition that world-class teams need.

Though Manning is forgoing the ability to play for established SEC powers Alabama and Georgia, he will end up playing in the league when Texas (and Oklahoma) complete the transition from the Big 12 ahead of the 2025 season, when Manning enters his league. third year.

The Manning family played Arch’s recruitment close to the vest, choosing words carefully in public while insisting that the decision belonged to Arch alone. In the end, Arch seemed to have chosen Texas over Georgia after Alabama consolidated a contingency plan with the commitment of Eli Holstein, another blue-chip quarterback from 2023, last month.

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

As 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong pointed out at CBS Sports HQ after Manning’s visit to Texas, the Longhorns haven’t recruited another quarterback in the class of 2023. “Steve Sarkisian and the company have focused on Arch Manning since. from the start, ”Wiltfong said.

That commitment to Manning has been amply paid off with Manning’s promise to a program that is seeking a return to its former glory. The Longhorns have achieved 10 wins just once in the last 12 seasons since the height of Mack Brown’s tenure in the first decade of the 2000s.

But with world-class facilities, fervent 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 take the program one step closer to being truly “back” the way so many Texas fans crave to live.

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