Arch Manning Commits to Texas: Five-Star Quarterback, No. 1 Overall Prospect Ends Whirlwind Recruitment

Arch Manning, the No. 1 ranked player in 247Sports’ Class of 2023, made huge waves on Thursday by ending his whirlwind recruitment and announcing his commitment to Texas over Alabama and Georgia. Manning, the nephew of legendary quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning and the grandson of College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning, has been the most sought-after recruiting prospect since the days of Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields.

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

A 6-foot-4, 215-pound signal-ringer from Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, Manning has thrown for 6,307 yards, 81 touchdowns and has rushed with 19 more goals in three seasons.

He is one of only seven prospects and three quarterbacks to ever receive a perfect 1.0000 rating in the 247Sports Composite, and joins another pair of Texas signal callers 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 shows “exceptional intuition and awareness, and demonstrates the ability to command and navigate the game at a very high level.”

Manning’s acquisition continues a hot recruiting trend for Texas coach Steve Sarkisian, which clearly makes Longhorns a destination for high-profile recruits. Sark has recently thrown himself over Ewers, the former Ohio State quarterback and former five-star recruit, ex-Alabama tight-end Jahleel Billingsley and several other stars to Austin, Texas, while trying to fill up an exhausted list.

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

When he worked under Alabama coach Nick Saban in 2019 and 2020, Sarkisian saw on his own what it looks like to acquire top talent, and to let this talent compete with as many top players as possible in practice. Stacking quarterbacks – and all high-profile players – on top of each other creates a competitive culture that championship-caliber teams need.

Although Manning offers the chance to play for established SEC powers Alabama and Georgia, he is going to play in the league when Texas (and Oklahoma) complete the transition from the Big 12 ahead of the 2025 season when Manning enters his third year.

The Manning family played Arch’s recruitment near the West, choosing their words carefully in public while insisting that the decision belonged to Arch alone. In the end, it looked like Arch chose Texas over Georgia after Alabama established a contingency plan with the commitment of Eli Holstein, another 2023 blue-chip quarterback, last month.

Nevertheless, Manning underwent official visits to all three schools in June with a stop in Texas last weekend. As a strong ending with Manning, Longhorns also received a commitment Sunday from his teammate at high school, three-star tight-end Will Randle.

As 247Sports recruiting director Steve Wiltfong pointed out at CBS Sports HQ after Manning’s visit to Texas, Longhorns has not recruited another quarterback in the 2023 class. “Steve Sarkisian and company have been all in on Arch Manning from the beginning,” said Wiltfong.

This commitment to Manning paid off in a big way when Manning promised a program that seeks to return to its former glory. Longhorns have reached 10 victories just once in the last 12 seasons since the heights of Mack Brown’s period in the first decade of the 2000s.

But with first-class facilities, intense booster support and a strong history, Texas has all the resources needed to compete for national titles. Now they also have a potential generation quarterback in the pack who can bring the program one step closer to really being “back” in the way that so many Texas fans long to experience.