With Arch Manning commitment, Texas football could be ready to take SEC by storm
By touchdown Arch Manning, Texas has a dedication from a generational passer able to placing the Longhorns again on the nationwide map and easing transition into SEC.
Texas Longhorns alter program by securing prized QB Arch Manning
The Texas Longhorns soccer program has seen higher days, however issues could also be turning round now that they’ve locked up prized QB prospect Arch Manning.
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All roads all the time lead again to the SEC.
Texas will nonetheless be a part of the Massive 12 when Arch Manning arrives on campus next year as perhaps probably the most scrutinized younger quarterback in faculty soccer historical past. The Longhorns ought to stay a member of the convention by the 2024 season earlier than leaving for the SEC, together with rival Oklahoma.
A middle-of-the-road Massive 12 crew for greater than a decade, Texas doesn’t have the latest pedigree to recommend this system can instantly contend for championships when dealing with off in opposition to Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M and extra.
However what Texas landed on Thursday is a dedication from a generational passer able to placing the Longhorns again on the nationwide map and easing the transition into the SEC’s weekly grind.
In a quarterback-driven sport and in an SEC quickly turning into outlined by quarterback play, Manning has the potential to alter the equation throughout the board: for an offense lengthy caught in a determined seek for an elite passer; for second-year coach Steve Sarkisian, who now holds final job safety after a depressing debut season; and for Texas as a complete, which might develop Manning over his first two years and have him greater than prepared to steer the cost into a brand new convention.
For a program that has misplaced its means over and over since shedding to Alabama within the 2009 nationwide championship sport, Manning offers Texas the possibility to reboot and refocus round a singular expertise able to assembly and exceeding the hype.
Whereas following dozens of different recruiting wins below 4 totally different head coaches throughout this span, Thursday’s dedication looks like a watershed second.
Immediately, the considered leaping proper into the SEC appears much less daunting and extra promising for Sarkisian and the Longhorns.
The subsequent two years shall be essential. From a improvement perspective, Manning should first win the beginning job, anticipated to be held this season by five-star redshirt freshman Quinn Ewers. Sarkisian and his workers need to hold including depth to a roster nonetheless enjoying catch-up to the highest packages within the Soccer Bowl Subdivision — having Manning within the fold is predicted to place UT within the operating for the highest signing class on this cycle.
The possibility to realize expertise in opposition to Texas Tech and Kansas State earlier than main the Longhorns into convention matchups in opposition to the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide could also be the very best factor for Manning’s improvement.
By the 2025 season, he must be able to tackle not simply the SEC however the highlight that may include competing together with his family historical past.
Uncles Peyton and Eli set faculty and convention data at Tennessee and Ole Miss, respectively. His namesake, grandfather Archie, additionally starred at Ole Miss and is among the legendary figures in convention historical past.
It is in opposition to this backdrop that Manning will stroll into the SEC as a third-year quarterback. By that time, he could also be seen as the very best quarterback within the SEC. He could be the prime passer within the FBS. He could be the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. He could also be ok to place UT on his shoulders and carry the Longhorns previous Oklahoma and into competitors for a New 12 months’s Six bowl.
He may additionally be a bust. He might by no means unseat Ewers because the Longhorns’ starter. He might by no means meet the hype because the No. 1 prospect in his recruiting class. That appears much less possible given Manning’s potential and bloodlines.
The probabilities are nearly limitless. With two years to organize for the transfer, Manning and the Longhorns might be greater than prepared for all times within the nation’s greatest convention.
Comply with faculties reporter Paul Myerberg on Twitter @PaulMyerberg