5-Star QB Arch Manning, Peyton and Eli's Nephew, Commits to Texas Over Alabama, More

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJune 23, 2022

Newman High School quarterback Arch Manning (16) drops back to pass during a playoff game against Catholic High of New Iberia, in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Ted Jackson)
AP Photo/Ted Jackson

Arch Manning, the nephew of former NFL superstar quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, has committed to play his college football at the University of Texas.

Manning made it official Thursday:

Arch Manning @ArchManning

Committed to the University of Texas. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HookEm?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HookEm</a> <a href="https://t.co/jHYbjBaF5K">pic.twitter.com/jHYbjBaF5K</a>

He is among the most hyped college football recruits in years, as 247Sports considers him a 5-star prospect, as well as the No. 1 overall recruit and No. 1 quarterback in the class of 2023.

Texas beat out several big-name schools for Manning, including Alabama, LSU, Clemson and Florida.

Starring at Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, Manning has established himself as one of the most highly sought-after high school quarterbacks ever.

His production has played a significant role in that, as he has displayed elite potential since his freshman season in 2019.

Per 247Sports, Manning completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 2,438 yards, 34 touchdowns and six interceptions as a freshman. He followed that up with a sophomore season that saw him complete 66.6 percent of his attempts for 1,922 yards, 21 touchdowns and seven picks.

Manning then threw for 1,947 yards, 26 touchdowns and just four picks last season, while rushing for 381 yards and seven additional scores.

In addition to his play, he comes from perhaps the greatest pedigree in the history of quarterbacks.

His grandfather, Archie Manning, played 13 NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings, earning a pair of Pro Bowl nods.

One of Arch's uncles, Peyton, is in the conversation for greatest quarterback of all time. In 17 NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, he was a 14-time Pro Bowler, five-time NFL MVP and two-time Super Bowl champion.

He also ranks third all-time in passing yardage and passing touchdowns behind Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

Arch's other uncle, Eli, is a two-time Super Bowl champion in his own right, as well as a four-time Pro Bowler.

While Eli's numbers weren't as eye-popping as Peyton's, he is eighth on the all-time passing yardage list and ninth in touchdowns, and he should one day join his sibling as a Pro Football Hall of Famer.

Arch's father, Cooper Manning, is the oldest of the Manning brothers. He committed to play at Ole Miss as a wide receiver but retired from football before his freshman season after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis.

Texas is undoubtedly hopeful Arch will follow a similar career path as his uncles since Peyton was a big-time quarterback at Tennessee and Eli starred at Ole Miss before their NFL success.

The competition to land Arch was stiff since essentially every top program wanted him, but Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian prevailed in the recruiting battle.

While the Longhorns have struggled to reclaim their place as an elite college football program and a national championship contender, the coach has brought some hope back to Texas.

Sarkisian still has to prove he can do the job, but he is widely regarded as one of the best offensive minds in the sport. That alone may have been enough to convince Manning that Texas was the right place for him to develop as a quarterback.