Jan 1, 2024; New Orleans, LA, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning (16) warms up before the 2024 Sugar Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Washington Huskies at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

SEC dominates potential Arch Manning transfer destinations

Arch Manning announced last month that he planned to return to the Texas Longhorns for the 2024 season whether or not starting quarterback Quinn Ewers declared for the NFL draft.

However, Ewers’ announcement this week that he will return to Austin for his senior season sparked the embers on rumors of a potential transfer. Should Manning, the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the 2023 class, consider leaving the Longhorns, there would be no shortage of suitors.

If Manning exits Austin, LSU is the favorite destination at +200 by SportsBetting.ag as the Tigers look to replace Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels. Manning’s grandfather, Archie Manning, is a Louisiana legend, having starred for the New Orleans Saints from 1971-82.

The next-shortest odds belong to North Carolina at +300. The Tar Heels are losing Drake Maye, who is in the picture for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Third is Ole Miss (+400), which is where Archie Manning and Arch’s uncle, Eli, both played. Arch Manning previously broke the all-time passing record held by Eli at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans.

The book is offering odds on nine potential schools. Seven of those are in the SEC, including Tennessee, where another of Arch Manning’s uncles, Peyton, is the program’s all-time leading passer.

ARCH MANNING NEXT TEAM ODDS
LSU (+200)
North Carolina (+300)
Ole Miss (+400)
Tulane (+500)
Alabama (+600)
Tennessee (+800)
South Carolina (+1000)
Georgia (+1200)
Texas A&M (+3300)

Ewers announced Thursday that he would return to Texas rather than enter the draft. In the week leading up to the Longhorns’ College Football Playoff semifinal against Washington, Manning insisted that Ewers’ pending decision would not alter his plan to return to Austin for a second season.

Texas offensive coordinator Kyle Flood said Manning showed progress with increased practice reps during Sugar Bowl preparation. During the 2023 season, Maalik Murphy was the primary backup to Ewers while Manning filled the No. 3 role. Murphy transferred to Duke with writing on the wall about Manning’s future role.

“He approaches everything like he’s the starting quarterback,” Flood said of Manning. “And I think that’s the key, whenever you’re in a reserve role, to being ready whenever you’re called upon.

“We’ve got a ton of confidence in Arch.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 2, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning (16) in action during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma State Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

QB Arch Manning staying with Texas in 2024

Arch Manning plans to return to Texas for his sophomore season in 2024, even if Longhorns starting quarterback Quinn Ewers opts to come back to Austin instead of entering the NFL draft.

Seated on the metal benches on the sideline at the Superdome where his grandpa, Archie Manning, has his No. 8 hanging from the rafters in New Orleans, prized freshman quarterback Arch Manning said he’s been taking all of the backup reps as Texas finalizes practice preparation for the Sugar Bowl on Monday.

A New Orleans native, Arch Manning is the oldest son of Cooper Manning and nephew of former NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning. He said he took Ewers to his house this week and his mom provided a home-cooked meal during a brief break in the College Football Playoff semifinal practice and meeting schedule.

Texas offensive coordinator Kyle Flood said Manning is showing progress with increased practice reps during bowl preparation. During the 2023 season, Maalik Murphy was the primary backup to Ewers and Manning filled the No. 3 role. Murphy transferred to Duke with writing on the wall about Manning’s future role.

“He approaches everything like he’s the starting quarterback,” Flood said of Manning. “And I think that’s the key, whenever you’re in a reserve role, to being ready whenever you’re called upon.

“We’ve got a ton of confidence in Arch.”

Ewers is regarded as a likely first-round pick if he opts to leave for the 2024 NFL Draft. If he returns, competition with Manning for the starting spot could be fierce.

“You can just tell that he wants to learn as much as he can,” Ewers said. “He’s always asking questions, just trying to do his best. I think he understands the opportunity he has in front of him, and he’s definitely not going to waste it.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 21, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning (16) warms up prior to the game against the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

No. 7 Texas’ QB depth will be tested vs. BYU

No. 7 Texas will have plenty of questions to answer — perhaps more than at any time so far this season — when it faces BYU on Saturday in Austin, Texas, in what will be the only Big 12 Conference matchup of the teams.

The Longhorns (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) will have either Maalik Murphy, who has been the backup all season, or highly coveted freshman Arch Manning at quarterback for the contest. Starter Quinn Ewers sprained his right (throwing) shoulder late in the third quarter of their 31-24 win at Houston last week.

Ewers was listed as week-to-week by Texas coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday. Sarkisian said both Murphy, who finished 1 of 2 for 7 yards in the fourth quarter of the win over Houston, and Manning, who has not seen the field this year, would get a “ton of reps” this week and that both could play.

“What are the things that Maalik does well? What are the things that Arch does well? What do they do well and how do we ensure, ‘OK, here’s the concepts that we think they run really well,’ ” Sarkisian said about his two backups. “They don’t have to run the whole playbook. They need to run what they run really well.”

The Longhorns bounced back from a loss to then-No. 12 Oklahoma with the victory over Houston, scoring the winning touchdown on a 16-yard run by CJ Baxter with 5:37 to play. Texas sprinted to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter before giving it all back. After Baxter’s scoring run, the Longhorns’ defense repelled a final drive by the Cougars that ended at the Texas 10 with 1:03 remaining.

Jonathon Brooks led Texas with 99 yards on 20 carries and added eight catches for 51 yards, but the Longhorns finished with just 360 total yards, their second lowest output of the year.

Texas still climbed a spot in the AP poll despite its less-than-stellar effort and Ewers’ injury.

BYU (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) heads to Austin after a 27-14 home win over Texas Tech last week. The Cougars rebounded from a dismal 44-11 loss at TCU the week before. They have alternated losses and wins the past four games after starting the season with three victories.

Cougars quarterback Kedon Slovis completed 15 of his 27 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns, and LJ Martin rushed 10 times for 93 yards, though BYU produced only 277 total yards in the win.

The Cougars forced five turnovers. Eddie Heckard recovered a fumble for a touchdown and nabbed an interception, Jakob Robinson recorded his fourth interception of the season, Ethan Slade hauled in his first career interception and Tyler Batty caused a fumble on special teams that was recovered by punter Ryan Rehkow.

The Cougars’ running game remains an issue. BYU had 150 yards on the ground in the win over Texas Tech but is ranked 128th out of 130 FBS teams in yards per carry (2.78).

BYU is a win away from being bowl-eligible.

“We just do whatever it takes to win,” Cougars coach Kalani Sitake said. “There is still some room for improvement in every phase. We still have some new bodies and some new people to the scheme. They’re getting used to it. They are starting to develop rapport with each other on the line, in the passing game with our quarterback. Then on defense, (they are) understanding the scheme a little bit more.”

The Cougars have dominated the all-time series between the teams, winning four of the five games, including a 41-7 victory in Austin in 2014 in the most recent matchup.

BYU will get just the one Big 12 crack at Texas as the Longhorns are moving to the Southeastern Conference next year.

–Field Level Media

Apr 15, 2023; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning (16) on the sidelines during the second half of the Texas Spring Game at DKR- Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Arch Manning gets first NIL deal with collectibles company Panini

Texas quarterback Arch Manning, the nephew of Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and Eli Manning, agreed to his first name, image and likeness deal on Tuesday by partnering with Panini America.

Arch Manning is entering his freshman season with the Longhorns. Panini, which produces entertainment and sports collectibles, will be selling exclusive autographed trading cards as part of the NIL deal.

The company will also auction off a one-of-a-kind Arch Manning Throwback Prizm Black Autographed Card, with all proceeds going to the St. David’s Foundation, which supports the St. David’s Children’s Hospital in Austin, Texas. The highest bid for the card had already reached $60,150 as of Tuesday night.

“Getting my first Panini trading card is something I couldn’t have imagined growing up,” Arch Manning said in a statement. “Working with Panini to have my first trading card benefit the larger community is special. Helping children live healthy and fulfilling lives is something that has always been important to my family.”

Whoever wins the auction will also get to participate in a meet-and-greet with Arch Manning.

Arch Manning was the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2023, per the 247Sports composite rankings.

–Field Level Media

Quarterback Arch Manning 16 runs the ball and scores a touchdown as Newman takes on Lafayette Christian Academy in the LHSAA Div III semi finals.  Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021.

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Report: Arch Manning to enroll early at Texas

Arch Manning will enroll at Texas in January, The Athletic reported.

Manning, ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2023, is completing his senior season at Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans. He committed to the Longhorns and coach Steve Sarkisian in June.

The nephew of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Peyton and Eli, Manning will have a chance to get accustomed to college life and take part in spring practices with his early enrollment.

He is part of a strong 2023 class for the Longhorns, which the composite ranks as the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation. It includes two more five-star prospects in wide receiver Johntay Cook II from DeSoto, Texas, and safety Derek Williams from New Iberia, La.

If Sarkisian decides to stick with Quinn Ewers — another former No. 1 overall player in his class — Manning could redshirt in the 2023 season and take over the position in 2024, when Ewers will be eligible for the NFL draft.

Manning is in the midst of a standout senior season. On Friday night, he completed 16 of 23 passes for 321 yards with four touchdowns in a 41-12 victory over Martin Luther King Charter of New Orleans. He has thrown for 1,894 yards and 30 touchdowns through eight games.

He also recently broke school records for touchdowns and passing yards that previously were held by Peyton and Eli, respectively.

–Field Level Media

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Report: Texas spends big to woo Arch Manning, others

Texas reached into its deep recruiting pockets to impress Arch Manning and other high school prospects, spending more than $600,000 on two weekends in June, The Athletic reported Friday.

The Athletic obtained public records to look at everything Texas did to impress the recruits and their parents, including first-class hotels, buffets, treats, golf and a pair of socials for the parents.

Manning, ranked as the nation’s No. 1 recruit by the 247Sports composite, had made unofficial visits to Texas. But when he made his official visit June 17-19 — when schools are allowed to wine and dine — the Longhorns spent almost $280,000 on nine recruits and their families, The Athletic reported.

Four of the nine recruits that weekend have committed to the Longhorns so far, including Manning, whose uncles Peyton and Eli each won a pair of Super Bowls.

The following weekend, Texas spent an additional $350,000 to entertain 14 more recruits — 12 of whom have committed, The Athletic reported.

On the weekend of Manning’s visit, Texas spent more than $87,000 before the players and families ever stepped foot on campus: $21,000 on transportation; nearly $47,000 on rooms at the Four Seasons Austin for them, some coaches and staff; $17,000 on a lunch buffet; and about $1,800 on treats for their rooms, including small cakes adorned with the Texas logo.

“If you’ve never been to something nice before, you definitely got to experience that at Texas,” Chris Pilot, father of recruit Mikal Harrison-Pilot, told The Athletic.

Other expenses outlined by The Athletic included about $66,000 for two dinners for the guests, coaching staff, recruiting staff and others; $44,000 for parents receptions; a $10,000 breakfast; and $9,500 for an outing to Top Golf, where the kids played while their parents talked football with the coaches.

–Field Level Media

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Arch Manning falls from No. 1 in ESPN rankings

Arch Manning fell from No. 1 in ESPN’s updated Class of 2023 rankings on Monday, meaning he no longer is the consensus top player in the class.

Instead, ESPN pushed Southern California QB commit Malachi Nelson into the top spot.

ESPN explained the decision this way:

“With Nelson, we have seen a larger sample size, and the 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback has faced a higher level of competition for Los Alamitos High School (California),” ESPN’s analysts wrote. “He has also developed physically, which has led to more arm velocity. In our multiple in-person evaluations this spring and summer, our biggest observation from Nelson has been the growth beyond physical maturity as we see a more seasoned leader. His abilities in game, as well as his performances at camps and combines, make us confident he is now the No. 1 quarterback in the class.”

Manning remains No. 1 in the rankings of 247Sports, Rivals and On3. He fell to No. 2 on ESPN’s list.

Nelson committed to Oklahoma last July but backed out of the pledge when head coach Lincoln Riley departed for USC in November. Two days later, Nelson committed to USC, which is about 25 miles from Los Alamitos.

Manning, the nephew of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, committed to Texas and coach Steve Sarkisian in June after being courted by the nation’s top programs. He is entering his senior season at Isidore Newman in New Orleans, where his uncles played.

–Field Level Media

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Arch Manning already favored to be No. 1 overall draft pick

Arch Manning won’t step on the field for the University of Texas until 2023 but he’s already the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft four years from now.

SportsBetting.ag has opened a trio of prop bets around Manning since the consensus No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2023 committed to the Longhorns last week.

The potential action begins with the five-star prospect being offered at +450 to forgo a redshirt season and -190 to start immediately as a true freshman.

Manning chose Texas over a host of powerhouse programs including Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Clemson. The expectation is that the 6-foot-4 New Orleans native will be given an immediate opportunity to take the reins of the Longhorns’ offense.

Manning is the nephew of former NFL greats Peyton and Eli Manning and the grandson of Archie Manning. He is the son of Cooper Manning.

Arch Manning threw for 26 touchdowns and ran for seven more as a junior at Isidore Newman High School. He could be the starting quarterback for Texas in 2025, which would be his junior season and the year the Longhorns enter the SEC.

Manning’s commitment led to a recruiting surge for Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian.

Seven players have committed to the program since Manning’s announcement, including five on Sunday alone. Five-star defensive back Derek Williams added his commitment on Monday.

“That kind of shocked me,” Williams told ESPN of Manning’s decision. “I knew (Manning) was (likely) going there, but I was just making sure. That impacted my decision going (to Texas).”

Texas has vaulted from the mid-30s to the No. 3-ranked recruiting class for 2023 by 247Sports in the past week.

“This has been a great run,” Sarkisian said Monday, per ESPN. “Hopefully it’s not over. I don’t think it is.

“We may have a few more to go here this week. Hopefully we can continue to capture some of the momentum that has been created.”

–Field Level Media

Quarterback Arch Manning (16) throws a pass as Newman takes on Lafayette Christian Academy in the LHSAA Division III semifinals on Nov. 24, 2021.

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Top 2023 prospect QB Arch Manning commits to Texas

Five-star quarterback Arch Manning, widely considered the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2023, committed to Texas on Thursday.

Manning is the nephew of former NFL greats Peyton and Eli Manning and the grandson of Archie Manning. He is the son of Cooper Manning.

Manning selected the Longhorns over a slew of powerhouses, including Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Clemson. He visited Alabama on June 10 and went to Georgia on June 3. He paid a visit to Austin last Friday.

The 6-foot-4 native of New Orleans is ranked as the top overall player in the 2023 class by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals. In his junior season at Isidore Newman High School, he threw for 26 touchdowns and rushed for seven.

Manning could be the starting quarterback for Texas in 2025, the year the Longhorns enter the SEC.

–Field Level Media

Quarterback Arch Manning (16) throws a pass as Newman takes on Lafayette Christian Academy in the LHSAA Division III semifinals on Nov. 24, 2021.

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Top 2023 QB prospect Arch Manning visits Alabama

The nephew of Super Bowl winners Peyton and Eli Manning paid a visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala. recently as his college recruitment continues.

Tabbed as a consensus five-star quarterback by recruiting services, Arch Manning took his official visit to Alabama this past weekend after participating in a 7-on-7 camp at LSU.

Manning posed for a photo in an Alabama jersey and helmet, which made the rounds on social media.

Three other five-star recruits also visited Alabama at the same time: tackle Kadyn Proctor, running back Richard Young and linebacker Anthony Hill.

The 6-foot-4 native of New Orleans is ranked as the top overall player in the 2023 class by 247sports, ESPN and Rivals. In his junior season at Isidore Newman, he threw for 26 touchdowns and rushed for seven.

Manning hasn’t released a top schools list like some other college recruits typically do, but he’s visited Texas, Georgia and Ole Miss multiple times. He took his official visit to Georgia on June 3, and is expected to make his official visit to Texas later this month.

–Field Level Media