Class of 2023 football recruit Arch Manning has yet to make his long-awaited commitment, but we know a handful of schools are in the driver’s seat to land him. One of which just accepted a commitment from one of his high school teammates.

On3’s recruiting prediction machine currently has the Texas Longhorns with a 50.3 percent chance of landing Manning, followed by the Georgia Bulldogs, who sit at 44 percent.

Those two are followed by Alabama, which seems to be somewhat out of the running after the commitment of fellow 2023 quarterback recruit Eli Holstein. They currently sit at just a 3.8 percent chance to land Manning.

Some news also emerged on Monday that may make it even more likely that Manning will end up playing for the Longhorns next year. Manning’s teammate Will Randle, a three-star tight end, has officially committed to Texas.

He announced his decision on social media in a post with the caption: “Something in the orange. #commited”

Randle decided on Texas over the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Kentucky, according to 247 Sports.

He finished his junior season with a team-high 42 receptions for 464 yards and ten touchdowns. He is also one of Manning’s top targets on the field, not to mention a friend who has been playing football with the quarterback since the 6th grade.

Manning and Randle went on a visit together last month to Texas, and this relationship may pay off in a big way for the Longhorns if they are able to land both players.

Manning has given no indication that he is anywhere close to a commitment decision. He still has his senior year of football to play so he does have plenty of time to make that decision. However, it is a great sign for Texas to land Randle. Manning is obviously already very interested in possibly choosing them and this may just be icing on the cake to make his decision even easier.

[Will Randle]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College.