Arch Manning Makes His College Decision, and It’s Not Eli or Peyton Manning’s School

Archie Manning and Eli Manning were all-time college football greats at Ole Miss. Peyton Manning blazed his own trail and became an All-American at Tennessee. Now Arch Manning, son of Cooper Manning (who also went to Ole Miss as a wide receiver before injuries cut his career short), a five-star quarterback prospect from New Orleans, has made his college decision.

And Arch didn’t pick Ole Miss or Tennessee or even his hometown LSU. In 2023, the young prospect will be a Texas Longhorn.

QB Prospect Arch Manning chose Texas over several prominent college football programs

Arch Manning of Isidore Newman School attends the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma State Cowboys in 2021.
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Arch Manning is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback from Isadore Newman High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the nation for the Class of 2023, per 247Sports.  

His scouting report talks about his “ideal frame” for a QB and his “excellent arm talent.” It also says the young passer “Appears to have good pocket awareness/presence and the ability to extend plays with his feet.”

Oh, yeah, and his last name is Manning.

With all the tools colleges look for in a modern signal-caller and the pedigree of having a grandfather and two uncles who starred at the position in the NFL, Arch Manning is the biggest QB recruit since at least Andrew Luck and maybe since his uncle Eli.

The Arch Manning recruitment process has been relatively low-key. This is despite the fact that with the new NIL rules in college football, the latest Manning stands to make millions when he steps on campus.

Although Arch has significant connections to Ole Miss and some ties to Tennessee through Uncle Peyton, neither school seemed to be on his final list. ESPN reports that Arch chose Texas over Georgia, Alabama, LSU, Clemson, and Virginia.

Texas coach Steve Sarkisian already has several intriguing young QB prospects on the Longhorns roster. Quinn Ewers, the top QB from the Class of 2021, transferred in from Ohio State and will compete this season with two other top recruits, Maalik Murphy (Class of 2022) and Hudson Card (Class of 2020).

However, when Arch Manning sets foot in Austin in 2023, you have to believe he will be the favorite to lineup under center for the Longhorns from Day 1.

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