Arch Manning is one year removed from being the most sought-after high school football prospect in the whole country.
Prior to the youngster’s commitment to Texas, the mania surrounding where he would go to school was absolutely chaotic. At one point, a blonde girl recording herself getting a commitment out of him in bed nearly melted the internet. That is how crazy things got.
When Manning finally committed to the Longhorns, things calmed a bit. Everyone moved on – eagerly awaiting to see how long it would take for him to have an impact on the program.
Unfortunately for everyone, the answer proved to be “quite a while.”
To date, Manning has only gotten legitimate playing time in a Texas game once. That came on Nov. 24 in a blowout win against Texas Tech. His highlights from that outing speak for themselves.
Manning wound up recording 30 yards through the air on 2-of-5 passing, and 7 yards rushing on 3 carries.
Part of the issue with Manning’s stint at Texas has been that, simply put, he has been able to get any playing time. He has consistently been behind both Quinn Ewers and Maalik Murphy.
To make matters worse, reports surfaced earlier this month that Ewers will likely return to the Longhorns in 2024. That means more bench-riding for Manning.
Because of his trouble securing field time at Texas, rumors have begun to circulate that a transfer is in the cards. In total, three frontrunners emerged for Manning’s services in the event he switched schools.
This week, that list of three narrowed to two.
If Manning does opt to move on from Texas, Ohio State seems like a logical destination. With Ryan Day entertaining two potential landing spots after his inevitable exit this year, a new era is about to begin at Ohio Stadium.
Whoever the new coach ends up being, Manning could be the perfect young quarterback to mold the program around.
The reality is that the Buckeyes were a much better team than they showed themselves to be in 2023, but they were handicapped by Kyle McCord at quarterback.
McCord’s showing against Michigan last weekend was emblematic of his whole season. He finished with 271 yards, two touchdowns and two picks on 18-of-30 passing. His inconsistency, at times, is mind-blowing.
Manning has all the tools necessary to be a more reliable option at quarterback. He just needs the right nurturing. That is why Ohio State’s pick for its next head coach will be so important.
If not the Buckeyes, Alabama also makes a ton of sense for Manning. Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide recruited him heavily before he opted to go to Texas. Many believed that was ultimately the best possible landing spot for him at the time.
The way Jalen Milroe has resurrected his season has been nothing short of amazing. A lesser player would have sulked and quit after his early-season benching; Milroe is cut from a different cloth, though. He manned up and took care of business in the face of adversity.
That said, as resilient as he has been, and as clutch as he has consistently showed himself to be throughout the second half of the season, Milroe’s early-year woes still linger in the general psyche.
Angel Reese’s Response To Kim Mulkey’s Explanation For Benching Her: https://t.co/PhGQfQ9gVs
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He is not the type of player you say no to a young Arch Manning for.
One way or another, Manning’s time with the Longhorns looks to be coming to an end. He might go to Ohio State. He might go to Alabama. A dark horse could work its way into the mix.
Either way, Manning’s stint as a third-stringer on Texas’ roster seems to be concluding. Where he will go remains to be seen.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.