The school has been known for its football program over the years, though they haven’t been terribly impressive over the past few seasons, only winning ten games once in the last decade.
The once-powerful program is now in the second year of head coach Steve Sarkisian’s tenure. While his first year did not go to plan with a 5-7 record in 2021, Texas fans still believe that he can be the head coach to lead them to success in the future.
This was a huge get for Steve Sarkisian. And this is all about Sarkisian. That is the only reason you pick 5-7 Texas over defending National Champion Georgia. The Manning family believes in Sark as a qb coach and developer. https://t.co/RkhelrAW7j
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) June 23, 2022
Peyton Manning went to Tennessee and Eli Manning went to Ole Miss because that's where David Cutcliffe was. Arch Manning is headed to Texas because that's where Steve Sarkisian is. Pretty simple.
— Tony Barnhart (@MrCFB) June 23, 2022
Texas finished with a top-five recruiting class for the 2022 class and there is still plenty of time to build on their 2023 class after Manning’s commitment.
Considering how important the quarterback position is, the 2023 recruiting class can already be seen as a win for Texas, and Longhorns fans are now declaring that they are “back” as a top football school. Of course, plenty of other college football fans are having some fun with this oft-repeated reference to the never-ending cycle of Texas’s back-ness.
Happy Texas Is Back Day
— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) June 23, 2022
Texas Is Back.
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) June 23, 2022
— Ben Stevens (@BenScottStevens) June 23, 2022
the rare, late-june "is texas back" moment https://t.co/TfNaF81MRO
— Paolo Uggetti (@PaoloUggetti) June 23, 2022
Mom can you pick me up I’m scared that Texas might be back
— Lucy Rohden (@lucysportsjokes) June 23, 2022
They will need to prove it on the football field before they are truly declared “back,” but it is definitely a very good sign for the program that such a prominent recruit would pick them over schools like Alabama and Georgia.
Is Texas back? We might find out, for real, in a couple of years.