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 high school class of 2023 according to Rivals.
Manning’s commitment to Texas is a massive win for the Longhorns and coach Steve Sarkisian. Texas was competing with the likes of Alabama and Georgia — the two teams that played for the national title in January — to secure Manning’s services. And now Manning will be the quarterback who Texas fans hope can bring the team back into national title contention.
Manning, the son of eldest Manning brother Cooper, has been a highly-touted QB recruit ever since he stepped on the field for Isidore Newman in New Orleans. His recruitment over the past year has been one of the most high-profile in years as major programs from across the country all were vying for his services.
Manning vs. Quinn Ewers?
Manning’s likely arrival — verbal commitments are non-binding and not official until a player signs a letter of intent — is the second big QB get for Texas in as many years. The school landed Texas native Quinn Ewers as a transfer in December after Ewers spent a season at Ohio State after skipping his senior season of high school football.
Ewers was the top QB recruit in the class of 2021 and considered the favorite to be the Longhorns’ starting quarterback in 2022 ahead of Hudson Card. With Ewers entering his second season, he and Manning are on track to be the subjects of an incredibly high-profile quarterback competition ahead of the 2023 season.
We got a hint that Alabama could be out of the Manning sweepstakes earlier in the spring when four-star QB Eli Holstein committed to the Crimson Tide. Holstein is the No. 5 pro-style QB in the class of 2023 and will be arriving in Tuscaloosa likely as Bryce Young turns pro. The reigning Heisman winner is entering his third season of college football in 2022 and is eligible to declare for the NFL draft after the season.
Georgia, meanwhile, has Stetson Bennett returning as its starting quarterback for another season and a five-star recruit waiting in the wings. Brock Vandagriff was a five-star recruit in the class of 2021 and the No. 2 pro-style QB in in his class.
Texas has struggled since 2009
Manning is now set to join a Texas program that is longing for the glory days of the Mack Brown era. The Longhorns have won 10 games in a season just once since going 13-1 and losing to Alabama in the BCS title game at the end of the 2009 season. Sarkisian is the team’s third coach since the school parted ways with Brown after the 2013 season and…