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Arch Manning commits to Texas: Five-star quarterback, No. 1 overall prospect ends Hurricane recruiting

Arch Manning, the No. 1 player in the 247Sports class of 2023, made waves Thursday by ending his Hurricane recruitment and announcing his commitment to Texas over Alabama and Georgia. Nephew of legendary quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning and grandson of College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning, Manning has been the hottest recruit since the days of Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields.

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

Manning, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound signal caller from Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, has thrown for 6,307 yards, scored 81 touchdowns and had 19 other points in three seasons.

He’s one of only seven candidates and three quarterbacks to ever earn a perfect 1.0000 rating on the 247Sports Composite and joins another pair of Texas signal callers in Vince Young and Quinn Ewers.

According to 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Cooper Petanga, Manning not only has “all the physical tools that would be desirable in the quarterback position,” but he also exhibits “an exceptional intuition and awareness that demonstrates the ability to play the game at a very high level.” level to master and navigate. “

Manning’s acquisition continues a hot recruiting trend for Texas coach Steve Sarkisian that clearly makes the Longhorns a target for high-profile recruits. Sark recently brought Ewers, the ex-Ohio State quarterback and former five-star recruit, ex-Alabama tight end Jahleel Billingsley and several other stars to Austin, Texas, as he struggles to regain a depleted roster to fill up.

With Ewers on campus and four-star Maalik Murphy, the No. 12 signal caller in the Class of 2022, already in the quarterback room, significant competition looms for 2023’s starting showing, no matter how successful Ewers is in that one Season is , his first with the Longhorns.

Working under Alabama coach Nick Saban in 2019 and 2020, Sarkisian saw firsthand what it looks like to attract top talent and have that talent compete in training with as many top players as possible. Stacking quarterbacks — and all high-quality players — on top of each other creates a competitive culture that championship-level teams need.

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

The Manning family played Arch’s recruitment close to the vest, choosing their words carefully in public and insisting that the decision belonged solely to Arch. In the end, Arch seemed to prefer Texas to Georgia after Alabama solidified a contingency plan last month with the signing of Eli Holstein, another blue-chip quarterback of 2023.

Still, Manning officially visited all three schools in June, with his stop in Texas coming up last weekend. The Longhorns finished strong with Manning and also picked up a signing from his high school teammate, three-star tight end Will Randle on Sunday.

As 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong pointed out at CBS Sports HQ after Manning’s visit to Texas, the Longhorns have not recruited another quarterback in the Class of 2023.

This commitment to Manning has paid off in large measure as Manning has committed himself to a program that seeks a return to its former glory. The Longhorns have only had 10 wins once in the past 12 seasons since the high points of Mack Brown’s tenure in the first decade of the 2000s.

But with world-class facilities, passionate booster support, and a strong history, Texas has all the resources it takes to compete for national titles. Now they also have a potential generational quarterback in the fold who can take the program one step closer to truly being “back” like so many Texas fans are craving.

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