The college football world shook on Thursday when Arch Manning announced he would attend the University of Texas.
The quarterback from Louisiana is the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2023. He also is the son of Cooper Manning, the grandson of Archie and nephew of Eli and Peyton. That would be football royalty when it comes to lineage.
Seemed fitting that he announced his college choice on the 23rd of June.
Texas will be stocked at quarterback next year with Manning, who has a perfect grade, joining Quinn Ewers, another No. 1 recruit with a perfect grade.
Ewers, if you recall, was the quarterback from the state of Texas, who opted to skip his senior year of high school by graduating early and heading to Ohio State.
He bid goodbye to Columbus after one season, which saw him take two snaps at the end of one game.
Ewers transferred to Texas and will battle Hudson Card for the Longhorns’ starting QB spot in 2022.
That brings us to 2023. Ewers and Manning will be on campus in Austin in what figures to be a mega-quarterback battle.
There are a couple of caveats:
- Manning could redshirt … although that seems unfathomable. If he did, Ewers would play the next two seasons and then be off to the NFL Draft in 2024, when Manning could play as a redshirt freshman.
- Ewers could transfer — again — if he is beaten out or if senses he will be a backup. However, Ewers’ ability to transfer again is tricky. Since he left one school already, he would have to sit a season if he left Texas unless he has graduated.
That brings us to the prop BetUS is offering on the quarterbacks. Texas is scheduled to play Rice on Sept. 2, 2023, in its season opener.
BetUS is offering Ewers as -200 against Manning to be the quarterback for the Longhorns against the Owls.
That battle should be, um, a hoot.
Who will be starting Quarterback for Texas in the first game of 2023 season?