Arch Manning compares Austin, Texas to his hometown

The entire college football world is watching the recruiting of 2023 quarterback Arch Manning. And on Monday, the No. 1 prospect for next year’s class spoke to On3 about his recruitment.

Manning told On3 that Texas, Alabama and Georgia, while he also plans visits to LSU and Florida.

As for the Longhorns, Manning commented on his relationship with Texas saying: “Maintaining the relationship with these guys (Steve Sarkisian, AJ Milwee); staying in touch through normal conversations has been a good thing. The visit to Austin, we got to see the practice and see what it’s all about. We sat down at the quarterbacks meeting. It was fun to see how they interacted, and I’m excited to see what they can do this year. They got a few transfers from Alabama, and I think this offense can be explosive. Austin is a big city compared to the other two, so it reminds me a bit of New Orleans. It’s a bit weird, and they have good coaches there.

Manning has visited Austin multiple times, in fact more times than any other school on his list, but the race for NFL legacy is far from over. Throughout the process so far, the Longhorns’ biggest challengers have been the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs, the two teams that played in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship.

As for a decision, Manning told On3, “It’s a bit closer. I don’t really have a point yet, but I guess it’s kind of a reduction of things. I’m looking forward to (making a decision) either before the season or during the season or after the season. If I was ready, I would probably commit now, but I’m not, so I’m just waiting.

But if Texas fans are looking for a glimmer of hope as to why Manning might prefer Texas, having the city of Austin over his hometown of New Orleans is definitely something Texas fans will love. ‘UT can hang their hats.

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