Arch Manning, the son of Cooper Manning and nephew of NFL legends Peyton and Eli Manning, has sounded off on his decision to join the Texas Longhorns.
Back in June, the five-star quarterback announced his plans to join the Longhorns. The 17-year-old is finishing up his high school education at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana, and he’s projected to take over as Texas’ starting quarterback in 2024.
The Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs and LSU Tigers were among the marquee programs that also targeted Manning. But the future third-generation NFL player decided to join a franchise that ranks No. 20 in the nation.
During an interview with Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports, Arch detailed why he opted to join the Longhorns:
“I think the great tradition and fanbase and everything about Texas football excited me. I’m glad I can one day be part of it…Obviously Coach Sark has a rich history. He’s developed a lot of good players and been on some good teams. I think they’ve gotten better this year and they’re going to keep getting better and I’m excited to be part of it.”
There’s a lot of buzz around Arch, who looks poised for greatness in the NFL much like his grandfather, Archie, and two uncles. Cooper, the oldest of Archie’s three kids, was a star wide receiver in high school. Unfortunately, he had to retire due to spinal stenosis because of spinal stenosis before beginning his college career with Ole Miss.
Peyton would get drafted first overall by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. He won five league MVP awards (four with the Colts, one with the Denver Broncos), and Super Bowl 41 and 50 rings with Indianapolis and Denver, respectively. He retired after winning his final Super Bowl in 2016.
Eli was drafted first overall by the San Diego Chargers in 2004, but he wound up getting traded to the New York Giants in a package deal that sent Philip Rivers to the west coast. Manning spent his entire 16-year career with the Giants, leading them to Super Bowl 42 and 46 wins over the New England Patriots. The youngest Manning brother retired after the 2019 season, mostly serving as the backup signal-caller to rookie Daniel Jones.
The two younger Manning brothers now run the popular “ManningCast” program on ESPN Monday Night Football.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.