Arch Manning commits to Texas, ending months of speculation
Arch Manning has verbally committed to Texas, the senior quarterback prospect announced Thursday, ending one of the most watched and hotly contested hirings in recent college football history.
"Committed to the University of Texas," the five-star passerby said in the first post on his Twitter account.
The nephew of former NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, Arch Manning had offers from every major program in the Football Bowl Subdivision before narrowing his list to a handful of elite schools -- including Clemson, LSU and more -- and narrowing his options down to three : Texas, Alabama and Georgia.
Texas, long considered a two-team race between the Longhorns and Bulldogs, was given a boost by Manning's strong relationship with sophomore coach Steve Sarkisian.
Manning is ranked as the top prospect overall regardless of his position in the 2023 recruitment cycle and has been on the national recruitment radar since beginning his high school career at the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. His uncles and father Cooper starred in Isidore Newman; Cooper was a highly recruited wide receiver before a spinal injury ended his playing career.
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Manning has a "unique quarterback pedigree," according to a review by recruitment website 247Sports.com, and while he faces a lower level of competition at Newman, his "feel for the game and pedigree carries over regardless."
His involvement comes after visiting each of his three finalists. Alabama appeared to be completely out of the running after accepting a quarterback signing in the 2023 class last month. In early June, Manning visited Georgia along with several other senior recruits, many of whom were on the offensive side of the ball, and was photographed wearing a full Georgia uniform.
Manning would be the second five-star signing to join Texas under Sarkisian. This year's scheduled starter, freshman Quinn Ewers, made the switch to the program from Ohio State this winter.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Arch Manning: Best college football recruit of 2023 commits to Texas
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