By all outward appearances, five-star quarterback Arch Manning’s recruiting visit to Texas last weekend couldn’t have gone any better.
What happened, exactly? Texas exes Colt McCoy and Sam Ehlinger both made pitches, as did coach Steve Sarkisian and his assistants. Otherwise, good luck getting specifics from a family that’s kept almost all aspects of Manning’s recruitment under wraps.
Manning, out of Louisiana, is the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the class of 2023 and is believed to have whittled his list down to six schools — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas.
Steve Wiltfong, the national director of recruiting for 247Sports, said in early March that Manning’s recruitment is likely to extend into the late spring and summer. Every school is working on the Manning family’s timetable, not the other way around.
Manning — the nephew of former longtime NFL starting quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning — now has a verified Twitter profile under the username @ArchManning. His bio reads "High school student." He has yet to tweet anything. Don’t expect anything official to come from anywhere but the family or Manning himself.
"When you recruit high-level players, we can’t get impatient because we don’t have guys just committing left and right," Sarkisian said after Tuesday’s practice. "We could get guys to commit, but they might not be the right guys for our program.