Hook ’em Horns! Arch Manning – the top-high school quarterback recruit in the country and nephew of NFL legends Peyton and Eli – chooses Texas over Alabama, Clemson and Georgia

  • Arch Manning, the top high school quarterback recruit in the class of 2023, has chosen 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 is a historically strong team coming off a dreadful 3-6 season in 2021  

Arch Manning is officially a Longhorn.

The top high school quarterback recruit in the class of 2023 and nephew of NFL legends Peyton and Eli Manning ended months of speculation on Thursday by tweeting that he has ‘Committed to the University of Texas.’

Named for his grandfather, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, Arch is the son of Peyton and Eli’s older brother, Cooper, who was also a top college recruit before his NCAA football career was cut short by spinal stenosis.

Arch chose Texas, a historically strong program that’s coming off a dreadful 3-6 season, over several major powerhouses, including Alabama, LSU, Clemson, and the defending-champion Georgia Bulldogs. He also passed over the chance to play at Ole Miss – Archie, Eli and Cooper’s alma mater.

Arch Manning is officially a Longhorn. The top high school quarterback recruit in the class of 2023 and nephew of NFL legends Peyton and Eli Manning ended months of speculation on Thursday by tweeting that he has 'Committed to the University of Texas .'

Arch Manning is officially a Longhorn. The top high school quarterback recruit in the class of 2023 and nephew of NFL legends Peyton and Eli Manning ended months of speculation on Thursday by tweeting that he has ‘Committed to the University of Texas .’

A young Arch (front) pictured alongside (from left to right) grandfather Archie, uncle Peyton, uncle Eli, and father Cooper at the family's football camp, the Manning Passing Academy

A young Arch (front) pictured alongside (from left to right) grandfather Archie, uncle Peyton, uncle Eli, and father Cooper at the family’s football camp, the Manning Passing Academy 

Newman High School quarterback Arch Manning (16) passes during a playoff game against Catholic High of New Iberia, in New Orleans, Friday, December 4, 2020

The 18-year-old did follow in his father and uncles' footsteps by attending the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, where the third-generation football star has impressed since starting at quarterback as a freshman

The 18-year-old Arch did follow in his father and uncles’ footsteps by attending the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, where the third-generation football star has impressed since starting at quarterback as a freshman

Arch Manning of Isidore Newman School attends the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium last October in Austin

Arch Manning of Isidore Newman School attends the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium last October in Austin

The 18-year-old did follow in his father and uncles’ footsteps by attending the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, where the third-generation football star has impressed since starting at quarterback as a freshman.

‘He’s probably a little ahead of them as a freshman,’ Archie Manning told the Indy Star in 2019, when asked to compare young Arch with his uncles.

Since then, Arch has soared to the top of every college football coach’s wish list, while doing his best to maintain his own private life. 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 hasn’t lined up any name, image or likeness (NIL) deals, like many recruits have done since the NCAA loosened restrictions on student athletes’ endorsements. However, that could change now that he’s settled on Texas.

Arch’s commitment represents the first major recruiting win for Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian, who took over the celebrated Longhorns program last season and is charged with rebuilding the four-time national champions into national power. 

And with Arch on board, Sarkisian could start seeing more top-level recruits commit to the Longhorns. 

‘Obviously, a massive win for Texas coach Steve Sarkisian in landing Arch Manning,’ tweeted Austin American-Statesman reporter Brian Davis. ‘He’s the only QB offered by the Horns in 2023 class. The other major recruits that could follow may be enormous.’

Interestingly, Arch hasn't lined up any name, image or likeness (NIL) deals, like many recruits have done since the NCAA loosened restrictions on student athletes' endorsements. However, that could change now that he's settled on Texas

Interestingly, Arch hasn’t lined up any name, image or likeness (NIL) deals, like many recruits have done since the NCAA loosened restrictions on student athletes’ endorsements. However, that could change now that he’s settled on Texas

Arch follows Archie (left), Peyton (middle) and Eli (right) into the highest level of NCAA football

Arch follows Archie (left), Peyton (middle) and Eli (right) into the highest level of NCAA football

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