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College football has been fascinated by the recruitment of blue-chip quarterback Arch Manning for a long time.

Manning made his decision to go to Texas on Thursday afternoon, ending the intrigue.

The family tried to keep Manning's recruitment low-key, even though Manning has been considered the top player in the Class of 2023. He hasn't been involved in name, image and opportunities on his social media accounts. The family's history and the magnitude of how much his decision could sway a program's fortune made it difficult.

Manning used his first tweet to make the announcement on his verified account.

Committed to the University of Texas. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/jHYbjBaF5K

— Arch Manning (@ArchManning) June 23, 2022

Manning is a nephew of Eli and Peyton Manning, a grandson of Archie Manning, and a son of Cooper Manning. He is the star quarterback at Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, and has been considered a top-flight prospect since middle school.

There has been a lot of news surrounding the quarterback. The commitment of Manning's high school teammate and close friend, Will Randle, drew interest as it was a bellwether for where Manning could be leaning.

Arch Manning is carving his own path and possibly rejoining the family's SEC roots. The Manning family has strong ties at Ole Miss and Tennessee, and Arch Manning could end up being Texas' starting quarterback when the Longhorns join the SEC.

Texas has not had a quarterback ranked in the top 20 since 2009. It is expected that skill players will be attracted to playing with a talent like Manning in Texas's 2023 recruiting class.

It's a huge win for Texas coach Steve Sarkisian, who came off a home loss to Kansas in his first season. Manning's decision confirms that Texas is one of the best quarterback destinations in the country, and that Steve Sarkisian is one of the best quarterbacks in the country. Tua Tagovailoa, Mac Jones, and Matt Leinart are some of the quarterbacks that Steve Sarkisian has worked with.

The Raiders and Falcons were both coached by Steve Sarkisian. Preparing Arch Manning for the NFL has been one of the main motivators for the Mannings.

The Manning family had a good relationship with the Texas quarterback coach A.J. milwee, which made it easier to send him to Austin.

The quarterback room in Texas is one of the most competitive in the country. The Longhorns have a quarterback who was considered the top quarterback in the class of 2021. Hudson Card was the second-ranked quarterback recruit in the Class of 2020.

Manning is a great player. If his last name was something other than Manning, he would probably be the top player in his class.

The coach said that he has a large arm. He is more mobile than people think. He's not like a Manning who is immobile. He is able to escape trouble. He's not a piece of art. He can dunk the ball.

He sees the field well. He won't make bad decisions and won't make bad plays.

Manning has a reputation as a gym rat. The competition level in high school is one of the biggest knocks on him. The coaches who recruited Manning were impressed by his work ethic.

The coach said that he was impressed with the way he lived. He has to deal with all that. It may be a good change for him. He has been doing it his whole high school career. The stage won't be too big.

The Longhorns will get a marquee player for their journey to the SEC. Texas lost to Arkansas 40-21 last year, which is a good indicator of how far the program needs to go to compete with the rest of the conference.