The wait is over. The Manning collegiate bloodline will extend to Texas, as Arch Manning officially committed to the University of Texas on the 23rd of June. Arch is the son of Cooper Manning, the brother of Super Bowl champions Peyton and Eli Manning. The grandson of former New Orleans Saints QB, Archie Manning, will head to Austin, Texas in hopes of bringing a national championship to the Longhorns. The number one QB prospect in his class had his choice of schools, numerous schools were attempting to persuade him to commit to their campus. Georgia, Alabama, LSU, and Ole Miss were all names that were supposedly in the mix for the next Manning to hit the college level. He is now set to have his own legacy at his respective school.
Arch Manning has torn up the high school football scene for Isidore Newman in New Orleans, Louisiana. Over the last three years as a starter, he has accumulated a 66% completion percentage, 6,307 passing yards, and 81 passing TDs while only throwing 17 INTs. He has also rushed for 742 yards on 91 attempts for 19 TDs in that same period. Arch brings an extra wrinkle to the traditional “Manning” playstyle. He is a sneaky dual-threat QB who can hurt defenses in many different ways. This was a huge pickup for Texas. Hopefully, this decision sets Arch Manning up for whatever he’d like to do in the future.
Texas seems to have a bright future in the coming years. They have the fifth-best recruitment class this year according to 247 sports. This 2022 class is headlined by quarterback Quinn Ewers, who transferred from Ohio State. This news isn’t fantastic for Ewers, but Manning won’t be on campus until the Fall of 2023. Ewers skipped his senior year in 2021 to enroll at Ohio State early. Ewers still has four years of eligibility left and may end up transferring again if Manning gets the start as a Freshman or Sophomore. That is a topic for the future.
It is also notable that the University of Texas is moving into the ultra-competitive SEC. Texas, along with the University of Oklahoma, is planning on leaving the Big 12 to join the SEC in 2024. This means Arch Manning will almost definitely be the Longhorns’ QB as they head into new scenery. The addition of Manning should help with recruiting. Manning, the NIL deals, and moving to the SEC are all going to be factors that will likely lead to Texas becoming a prominent name in college football again. It is an exciting time in college football as we get to see how another Manning will adapt to the faster game, in hopes of winning a natty and becoming a first-round pick.
Can Texas bring home some hardware during Manning’s tenure? Can he possibly be the biggest villain to the rest of the SEC come 2025? Let us know what you think!
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