REACTION: Arch Manning chooses Texas football over Georgia football?

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The number one player overall for the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports, one of the most coveted recruits in recent history ended today as Arch Manning made his college decision.

Announcing that he would be playing his college football at the University of Texas, Manning’s decision might not come as a surprise to many after being considered a scrawny Texan.

Son of Cooper Manning, Arch Manning is shaping up to be the next in line of a three-headed family monster of quarterbacks who have had a massive impact on football.

First of all, his grandfather Archie Manning, an original, creative and athletic, is the complete opposite of his two boys. Second, Peyton and Eli Manning are both Hall of Famers and men who left their mark in the history books.

Ironically enough, Arch combines both his grandfather’s athletic style and his uncles’ mastery for the standard pocket pass. Manning can throw from different angles. Manning moves well in the pocket and doesn’t need to put his feet down to deliver an accurate ball. It’s not Manning’s quarterback style of play that most pro football fans have grown accustomed to. However, he is a much more dynamic athlete when it comes to extending plays with his legs and making plays out of the pocket.

As a prospect, Manning’s name is in the company of some of the greatest players of all time, as 247Sports ranks him as a “perfect” prospect. The list of “perfect” prospects is pretty exclusive, as it includes former quarterbacks like Vince Young (Texas), Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), and even current Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers, to name a few.

Both the Athens and Austin teams deserve a ton of credit for the recruiting work they’ve done, especially over the past 12 months. Coming off a 5-7 season in his inaugural season as Texas head coach, Steve Sarkisian has positioned his program to land one of the best rookies of the past decade. While a 5-7 season might not be much for sale to an elite prospect, Sarkisian, an offensive magician, sold his long pedigree to develop NFL-level quarterbacks and coordinate powerful offenses .

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Sarkisian’s resume includes coaching quarterbacks like Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Jake Locker and Mac Jones. His track record of developing NFL-level quarterbacks was ultimately enough to convince the Manning family to choose Texas over Georgia and Alabama.

In addition to access to Sarkisian’s system, sources say, the prospect of something unique, like the return of Texas Football, is a legacy unlike any Manning before him.

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