Arch Manning, the most coveted college football recruit in the Class of 2023, announced Thursday his commitment to play for the Texas Longhorns.

Texas has long been considered the favorite to land Peyton and Eli’s nephew, who is entering his senior season of high school. The highly coveted recruit chose Texas over Alabama and Georgia, both of them have also been in the running for him for the last few months.

The 6’4″, 215-pound quarterback has thrown for over 5,000 passing yards and over 70 touchdowns in his three-year career with  Isidore Newman High School. His current head coach, Nelson Stewart, told ESPN that Manning came to his decision entirely on his own and without any pushing from him.

“He made this decision on his own. This was his decision to make,” Stewart told ESPN. “I’m just happy he’s where he needs to be. He’s an 18-year-old kid. There was a lot on his shoulders. Took his time and showed a lot of maturity. When it comes to that family, the choice was his.”

Stewart added that he appreciated the way that Manning handled the recruiting process, forgoing the public drama that usually surrounds these kinds of commitments.

“It unfolded naturally. I’m just so proud of him,” Stewart said. “Hope he can rest and enjoy his senior year with his friends and take that next step. There’s a huge ceiling in front of him.”

Meanwhile, his future head coach, Steve Sarkisian, kept his comments brief on Twitter. After retweeting Arch’s commitment announcement, he added one more message for the program.

Texas is back! Maybe!

[ESPN]

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