Austin, Texas. After one of the most decorated football recruits in school history made a commitment, Texas found itself at the epicenter of one of the sport’s most impressive recruits. Coach Steve Sarkeesian can’t specifically talk about Arch Manning’s verbal pledge to Texas due to NCAA rules, but a halogen smirk at his desk in his office Monday afternoon could have led to a secondary violation by NCAA law enforcement.
On Thursday, Texas received a commitment from Manning, the No. 1 player in the class of 2023 and the highest-ranked recruit in school history according to Sportzshala’s recruiting rankings. This was followed by a string of seven verbal promises over the weekend, giving Texas a recruiting tear that fits in with Sarkeesian’s mantra of “All on the gas, no brakes” and aiming for a top-five finish.
“It was a great run,” Sarkisian told Sportzshala on Monday. “I hope this is not the end. I don’t think so. We may have a few more trips this week. Hopefully we can keep some of the momentum we’ve created.”
Manning’s decision to choose Texas over Georgia and Alabama clearly kickstarted momentum. And while Sarkeesian can’t pronounce the words “Arch Manning” due to NCAA hiring rules, he was able to offer some context for what commitment from a top quarterback can do for a coach trying to build a program.