Arch Manning has Texas Longhorns fans and coaches fired up after reportedly having an “incredible” scrimmage over the weekend.
Manning, the son of noted other Manning brother Cooper, was the No. 1 overall recruit in the country in the class of 2023.
He dominated for New Orleans high school Isidore Newman, where both his father and his two uncles played. Manning received scholarship offers from just about every school in the country and chose the Longhorns over both Georgia and Alabama among a slew of others.
But even with all the hype, it was unlikely that he started immediately at Texas. Manning is a seemingly can’t-miss recruit, but some evaluators felt he was severely overrated coming out of high school due to his family name.
On top of that, the Longhorns already have a nailed on starter in Quinn Ewers. Ewers, a Texas native, was also considered a can’t-miss prospect in the class of 2021.
He committed to and signed for Ohio State after reclassifying from 2022 to 2021. But Ewers ultimately transferred back home to Texas after just one year behind CJ Stroud at Ohio State.
Ewers started 10 games for the Longhorns in 2022. He threw for 2,177 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions and many believe he’s set to take a big step forward in 2023.
But it appears he may also have to watch his back.
According to my sources, Texas freshman QB Arch Manning looked incredible during Saturday’s scrimmage. He scored on a 70-yard touchdown run on an improvised play. He also was incredibly accurate throughout the day. I’m told he looked better than any other backup QB.
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) August 12, 2023
Anwar Richardson of Rivals.com Texas affiliate Orange Bloods reports that Manning looked “incredible” during a scrimmage on Saturday.
“He scored on a 70-yard touchdown run on an improvised play. He also was incredibly accurate throughout the day. I’m told he looked better than any other backup QB,” Richardson tweeted.
That had Longhorns fans fired up.
Here's the deal, which I've said for months now: By Game 6 of Longhorns' soon-to-be disappointing 5-7 season, Arch will be the starting QB
He'll come in during Game 5 to lead a come-from-behind win, then start vs Sooners – which will be a mega blowout loss as Coach V gets revenge https://t.co/nq5mxm0TUC
— @CollegeFootballHullabalooForY'all (@Hullabaloo_WPN) August 13, 2023
There’s already on Manning in the Pro Football Hall of Fame after Peyton was inducted in 2021. Eli is likely going in at some point as well.
Could this be the beginning of Arch’s run to a similar level pro career?