Arch Manning has gotten a head start at the college experience compared to his peers, finishing high school a semester early and enrolling at Texas in January. He detailed that the adjustment period from high school life to the college experience hasn’t been the easiest thing for him.
Manning, the nephew of former NFL stars Peyton Manning and Eli Manning, has some extremely high expectations of him both because of his family lineage and his talents in high school. He came to Texas as the No. 1 ranked recruit in the 2023 class according to 247 Sports.
The standout quarterback recently went back to New Orleans for his graduation ceremony at Newman High School. He did an interview with Garland Gillen of Fox8 in New Orleans where he discussed his time at Texas thus far.
“It was definitely a little bit of an adjustment, coming from a 2-A private school to the University of Texas. But I’ve enjoyed it so far. It’s been a great experience. Everyone has been super welcoming in Austin. Everyone is super nice.”
From 400 students at Newman, to 40,000 at the University of Texas, that's one of many adjustments Arch Manning has made since suiting up for the Longhorns. Here's my 1-1 interview with the record-breaking Greenies QB. pic.twitter.com/iozymxX2oR
— Garland Gillen (@garlandgillen) May 22, 2023
He then went on to say that it hasn’t been quite as easy as he might have expected as a top recruit in the country.
“There’s definitely some days where you think you belong and some days where you’ll like, ‘Wow, this is pretty tough.’ So you kind of have to stick to the process and try to get better each day.”
Playing at a top program like Texas is bound to test even the best prospects in the country, and Manning is seemingly no exception.
Luckily, it seems like Manning will have plenty of time to work on his game before being trusted with a big role. Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian named Quinn Ewers the team’s starter over Manning back in April.