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

Five-star quarterback Arch Manning signed with the Texas Longhorns as the highest-rated quarterback in the 2023 high school recruiting class and had plenty of hype, especially considering he is the nephew of NFL legends Peyton and Eli Manning. Given the hype, his brutal struggles in Texas’ left many fans concerned, but head coach Steve Sarkisian doesn’t sound worried.

In a recent appearance on the Always College Football podcast with ESPN’s Greg McElroy, Steve Sarkisian pointed out that Arch Manning actually enrolled at Texas several months early and should have still been in high school instead of playing in the spring game.

“I feel like I needed to remind everybody — in our spring game, the guy should have been at the Senior Car Wash raising money for prom or something,” Sarkisian said on the podcast, according to On3. “He still should have been in high school at that game. It was invaluable experience for him to be with us and to get a lot of that newness out.”

While Manning is not expected to be the starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns this year, Sarkisian clearly still has high hopes for the young star.

“He’s on a great trajectory for us,” Sarkisian said. “He’s going to be a really good player for the University of Texas, a great leader.”