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

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Arch Manning, the No. 1-ranked player in 247Sports’ Class of 2023, made huge waves 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 grandson to 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-caller from Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, Manning has thrown for 6,307 yards, 81 touchdowns and has rushed for 19 more scores in three seasons.

He is one of only three prospects to ever receive a perfect 1.0000 rating in the 247Sports Composite, joining another pair of Texas quarterbacks in Vince Young and Quinn Ewers.

Manning not only has “all the physical tools desired at the quarterback position,” according to 247Sports national recruiting analyst Cooper Petanga, but he also displays “exceptional intuition and awareness, showing 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, who is clearly making the Longhorns a destination for high-profile recruits. Sark has recently reeled in 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 efforts to replenish a depleted roster.

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

Working under Alabama coach Nick Saban in 2019 and 2020, Sarkisian saw firsthand what acquiring premier talent, and having that talent compete with as many top-tier players as possible in practice, looks like. Stacking quarterbacks — and all high-profile players — on top of each other creates a culture of competition that championship-caliber teams need. 

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