Arch Manning is the top 2023 college football recruit in the nation, and considering both his talent and pedigree, there’s an excellent chance he’ll end up being one of the better college football players in the country when all is said and done.
For the Texas Longhorns, that means they’ve got a shot at a transcendent quarterback recruit. So why not bust out arguably the last elite quarterback they’ve had in Austin, Colt McCoy, and see if he can’t help wrangle Manning into Steve Sarkisian’s 2023 class?
Arch Manning is an elite college football recruit
Elite quarterback recruits come around every season, but perhaps none are more intriguing than Manning. If the name is familiar, it’s because this kid is literally quarterback royalty.
His grandfather and namesake is Archie Manning, a College Football Hall of Famer and 13 year NFL Pro.
Then there’s his uncles: Peyton Manning and Eli Manning.
You may have heard of them.
That Peyton guy has got quite a few commercials out there, and he may be famous for a few appearances on Saturday Night Live?
Eli…well, he’s Eli.
Jokes aside, the Manning brothers have four Super Bowl wins between them (two each) and Peyton is undoubtedly an NFL Hall of Famer. Frankly, Eli should be as well.
The Mannings aren’t just quarterback royalty, they’re football royalty, and Arch Manning has had the chance to grow up under that banner. The expectations are understandably high, but so is his level of talent.
According to 247Sports, the rising senior out of Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the No. 1 ranked recruit in the nation, irrespective of position.
Manning has the top programs in the nation fighting for his comment
The 5-star quarterback has offers from all over the country, but Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, and Texas are considered the top contenders in his recruitment.
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and LSU make sense because they’re the cream of the crop in the nation’s best conference, the SEC. Ole Miss isn’t on that level, but that’s where his grandpa and uncle Eli became legends.
Texas stands out like a sore thumb because even though the Longhorns are a blue blood college football program, they’ve been decidedly average since the heyday of legendary coach Mack Brown.
Brown seemingly always had Texas near the top of the rankings and the Longhorns’ Rose Bowl win over USC for the BCS National Championship was the stuff of legends. That was the epic Rose Bowl game featuring players like Matt Leinart, LenDale White, and Reggie Bush for USC and Vince Young and Jamaal Charles, for the Longhorns.
Young famously rushed for an eight-yard touchdown scramble with 19 seconds to go to give Texas the 41-38 win.
Though Young never panned out in the NFL he was an elite college football quarterback for Texas.
Colt McCoy took over the next season and went on to have a phenomenal college career. He threw for 13,253 yards and 112 touchdowns with just 45 interceptions in his Longhorns’ tenure. He went 3-1 in Bowl games, with the one loss coming in the BCS Championship against Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide
McCoy was a two-time All-American for Texas and his jersey was retired in October 2010.
Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns are trying to win over Manning’s commitment
If there’s anyone other than Young who can impress a young quarterback recruit and try to convince them to join the Longhorns, it would be McCoy, and it sounds like that’s what Texas was trying to do over this past weekend.
Nick Kosko of 247Sports is reporting that Manning was at Texas this weekend for one of the Longhorns’ big recruiting weekends, and notably, McCoy made an appearance as well. McCoy visited with the Longhorns at practice. That’s a session Manning was presumably included in, though as a spectator.
“Bringing McCoy into practice might give Manning an inside look on how a signal caller can thrive in Austin,” Kosko wrote.
He also relayed that the 5-star recruit is a “known fan” of coach Sarkisian.
Sarkisian went 3-6 last season in his first season with the program, so he could undoubtedly use some hope on the recruiting trail.
The Longhorns did get some hope with the transfer of quarterback Quinn Ewers, who signed with the Ohio State Buckeyes as part of the 2021 recruit class but transferred to Texas after he couldn’t beat out C.J. Stroud in Columbus. Ewers, like Manning, was the No. 1 overall recruit in his class, so Sarkisian and the Longhorns could set themselves up for one heck of a succession plan if they’re able to land 2023’s top recruit as well.
Maybe it won’t be Vince Young to Colt McCoy, but it would sure be exciting for a program in need of national resurrection.