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Arch Manning announced Thursday that he has decided to commit to the University of Texas at Austin to play college football in 2023.
Manning’s announcement was highly anticipated. He is a five-star quarterback for the Class of 2023 and is entering his senior season at Isidore Newman High School in Louisiana. He is the son of Cooper Manning, nephew of Eli and Peyton and grandson of Archie and passes on the legacy of his surname to the Longhorns.
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Texas was on Manning’s list of potential schools along with Georgia and Alabama.
He made his official visit to Texas on Saturday and posted inside Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium with Randle and defensive back Michael Taaffe.
Manning’s pledge sparked a flurry of reactions on social media.
According to On3.com, this was Manning’s fourth visit overall. He made unofficial visits in June and October 2021 and another in March this year.
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On Sunday, Manning’s teammate Will Randle also committed to Texas, which may have been the deciding factor in the end.
The Manning family had always been in the SEC.
Archie Manning played Ole Miss from 1969 to 1970. He was the SEC Player of the Year in 1969 and eventually was the New Orleans Saints’ No. 2 pick in the 1971 NFL Draft. Eli Manning also played Ole Miss from 2000 to 2003 and was the 2003 SEC Offensive Player of the Year. He was later the first pick of the San Diego Chargers and was traded to the New York Giants where he won two Super Bowls.
Peyton Manning played at Tennessee from 1994 to 1997. He was the 1997 SEC Player of the Year and later the Indianapolis Colts’ No. 1 pick.
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Arch’s father, Cooper, was a highly touted football player in high school, but was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and it ended his career before it even started.
With Texas currently playing in the Big 12, Arch Manning might get a chance to play in the SEC. Texas has accepted an invitation to join the SEC beginning in the 2025 season.