Arch Manning The No. 1 prospect in 2023 is verbally committed to the Texas Longhorns. Peyton’s nephew and Eli Manning has become one of the most sought-after prospects in modern recruiting. This commitment placed Texas 16th overall in 247Sports’ overall team rankings. Eli Manning, whose Ole Miss alma mater can expect to see Arch after the Longhorns move to the SEC, reacted to his family’s big news at Manning Passing Academy.

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“I think he did very well,” Eli said. “There was a lot of pressure on him. He’s been looked at under a microscope for a long time and I think he did a good job of just trying to figure out what’s important. It’s his plan, to play high school football, be a great teammate, study. He still plays basketball in high school, he just enjoys the experience, but (he went through) the recruitment process, he asked a ton of questions, he dated everyone and at some point you go with your heart and you know the right place for you. You may not be able to pinpoint exactly why you go to certain places, just know that it will be the right place and process it from afar.”

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Eli Manning, who also came out of New Orleans Isadore Newman, was ahead of modern recruiting ratings when he joined Ole Miss before the 1999 season.

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“The hiring process has changed,” said Eli Manning.. “Access, text messages, various visits, camps and everything that happens. So, I made five official visits, and that’s it. Well, he’s been visiting us since his second year. So there’s a lot, a lot going on, another interaction with the coaches… but he’s done a good job. He was thorough and obviously you make the decision, you don’t look back and make the right decision.”

Cooper Petagna, 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst predicts Manning to be selected in the top 10 in the NFL Draft.

“Demonstrates excellent arm talent, demonstrating the ability to take every shot on the field from the pocket,” Manning’s assessment read in part. “Shows the ability to drive the ball down the field and play at speed. He excels as an average passer, demonstrating the ability to consistently deliver the ball accurately and on time, playing with anticipation. Throws an exceptionally deep ball, demonstrating outstanding touch and ball placement that allows him to open up his receivers.”

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