Hang them on the horns! Arch Manning — the nation’s top high school quarterback rookie and nephew of NFL legends Peyton and Eli — chooses Texas over Alabama, Clemson and Georgia
- Arch Manning, the top high school quarterback rookie of the Class of 2023, chose Texas over Alabama, Clemson and defending champion Georiga
- Arch is the grandson of former Saints quarterback Archie Manning and the nephew of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning.
- His father, Cooper, ended his own NCAA football career due to spinal stenosis
- Texas are a historically strong team coming off a terrible 3-6 season in 2021
Arch Manning is officially a Longhorn.
The top high school quarterback rookie of the Class of 2023 and nephew of NFL legends Peyton and Eli Manning ended months of speculation on Thursday by tweeting that he had “committed to the University of Texas “.
Named after his grandfather, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, Arch is the son of Peyton and Eli’s older brother Cooper, who was also one of the top rookies. college before his NCAA football career was cut short by spinal stenosis.
Arch picked Texas, a historically strong program coming off a terrible 3-6 season, over several major powers including Alabama, LSU, Clemson and defending champion Georgia Bulldogs. He also passed up the chance to play Ole Miss – the alma mater of Archie, Eli and Cooper.
Arch Manning is officially a Longhorn. The high school quarterback’s top rookie in the class of 2023 and nephew of NFL legends Peyton and Eli Manning ended months of speculation on Thursday by tweeting that he had “committed to the University of Texas”.
A young Arch (front) pictured alongside (left to right) Grandpa Archie, Uncle Peyton, Uncle Eli and Father Cooper at the family football camp, Manning Passing Academy
The 18-year-old followed in the footsteps of his father and uncles by attending the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, where the third-generation soccer star has impressed since his rookie quarterback debut .
“He’s probably a little ahead of them in first year,” Archie Manning told the Indy Star in 2019, when asked to compare young Arch with his uncles.
Since then, Arch has risen to the top of every college football coach’s wish list, while doing his best to maintain his privacy. His Instagram account is private and his Twitter account appears to have been created for the sole purpose of announcing his college decision on Thursday.
Interestingly, Arch has not fielded any name, image or likeness (NIL) agreements, as many rookies have done since the NCAA eased restrictions on student-athlete endorsements. However, that could change now that he’s settled in Texas.
Arch’s commitment represents the first big recruiting win for Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian, who took over the Longhorns’ storied program last season and is tasked with rebuilding the four-time national champions into a powerhouse.