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FOX Sports College Football Writer
This weekend, Arch Manning ended his three-week official tour with a trip to Austin, Texas. Longhorns they’re sure to show him how he can be bigger than Big Tex if he picks them in the Cotton Bowl.
For anyone who has lived under a rock, Arch is the grandson of Archie Manning and the nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning. The New Orleans high school quarterback is the No. 1 player in the 2023 class and the most prized player in the last two hiring cycles.
Earlier this month, Manning visited Georgia and Alabama. It is clear that he wanted Baman, as he wanted in the other 129 FBS programs in the country. But this sport has proven to reward legends. In Alabama, it’s hard to compete with legends that have already arrived. He has been quarterback, Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones for the past five years.
Even in his hometown of Louisiana, where LSU runs the state, Manning would find it difficult to compete with the legend of Joe Burrow.
That’s why, even with a money and hunger program to win its way, Texas has a unique opportunity for Manning to find what Archie found in Ole Miss and what Peyton found in Tennessee: Arch can be a brand to measure everyone else.
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In Manning’s calculation, too, Nick Saban accepted the commitment of 2023 quarterback Eli Holstein, which supports the fact that Saban supports Manning’s commitment to land.
Although there are no rules against this, and it is becoming common for two QBs to sign in the same class, any recruitnik will tell you that you are hiring a quarterback, or that you are not hiring any quarterback. If you’re an Arch Manning, why the hell would you commit to a farm that isn’t ready to bet with you?
It could be Georgian, Manning Stetson Bennett or Herschel Walker. But as I pointed out two weeks ago, I doubt Kirby Smart would leave the crime the way Manningi would have done in Alabama or Texas.
Why Georgia is not suitable for Arch Manning
RJ Young asks for a young quarterback who fits Georgia well. The Bulldogs have not had a QB selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since 2009, and other QB stars committed to Georgia (e.g., Justin Fields) failed.
In Texas, however, Manning could leave Forty Acres on par with Vince Young or find himself even bigger if he didn’t get what Texas QB did since Darrell K Royal’s time: Win two national titles in four years.
And he wouldn’t go it alone, nor would the closet ever be naked. The Longhorns have shown — albeit in a mediocre decade (5-7 last season) and on an embarrassing level (losing twice to Kansas in five years) —that they are capable of hiring around their signal callers.
Texas hasn’t been out of the top 15 in the 247 Sports Composite recruitment rankings since 2017, and despite not selecting a player in the April NFL Draft, the list is full to hunt for a Big 12 tournament and – dare I say it – the program’s first invitation to College Football Playoff.
Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian has built a reputation as a great game caller and offensive intelligence. It has loaded its staff with good and excellent contractors, and the promoters of the state’s flagship university are throwing away the amount of money left behind by the program. As an example, runner Bijan Robinson, a competitor of Heisman, signed a sponsorship deal with Austin’s Lamborghini dealership last month.
If Texas fans are willing to put an Arizona runner in a Lambo, they’ll probably be ready to throw a Manning Gulfstream G550. That said, Manning should have chosen something tastier, such as a Ferrari SF90 Spider, assuming he would eventually accept a NIL deal.
He has said he does not want an NIL deal. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want one – or three dozen – a couple of years from now, as he’s preparing for the NFL Draft.
Texas is prepared for both cases. Of course, there is the question of the quality of football — remember that the Longhorns were 5-7 in 2021 — and how important it is for Manning to know that the team that is coming together is not a garbage can.
But the Longhorns are in a position to show that they have arrived, and they will get that on September 10th, when they welcome Alabama to the DKR for a game that is already sold out.
If Texas shows up – ahem – Texas Fight, it might be enough to overthrow Manning because he hasn’t set a date for his engagement and is likely to see the process until the fall.
Don’t let Alabama, Texas, and Manning give you a chance to follow my advice: Take Longhorns, Arch.
RJ Young is the national football writer and analyst at FOX Sports and the host of the podcast. “1st place with RJ Young“Follow me on Twitter @RJ_Youngand subscribe “RJ Young Show“YouTube. Not in StepMill.
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