Arch Manning, one of the top high school football players in the United States and the nephew of former NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, announced Thursday that he has committed to play for the University of Texas at Austin next year.
Many analysts have long considered the 18-year-old Manning the top quarterback rookie in his graduating high school class nationally, as well as the No. 1 player in the sport overall.
His decision to head to Austin after graduating in 2023 comes after responding to offers from some of the nation’s biggest football programs, including Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and Virginia.
Manning is a junior at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana — the same high school his uncles attended — and threw for 5,731 yards and 72 touchdowns in his first three years, according to ESPN.
Manning comes from a dynasty of football stars. His grandfather, Elisha Archibald Manning III, played in the NFL for 13 seasons, most of them with the New Orleans Saints. Manning’s father, Cooper Manning, signed up to play football for the University of Mississippi before being diagnosed with spinal stenosis at age 18 and retiring from the sport. Peyton Manning played in the NFL for 14 seasons, won two Super Bowls and is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Eli Manning played for the New York Giants and also won two Super Bowl rings.