Knee-jerk reactions after Arch Manning picks the Longhorns

Arch Manning, Cooper Manning. (Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports)
Arch Manning, Cooper Manning. (Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports) /

Arch Manning decided to commit to the University of Texas on Thursday morning, but what does it truly mean for the struggling program?

The celebration is on in Austin.

After getting Quinn Ewers as a transfer from Ohio State last year, Texas has now landed another top-notch quarterback recruit in Arch Manning, who is set to join the Longhorns come 2023 after finishing up at Newman High School (La.).

But with the news come the crazy, aggressive reactions to it all. Here are a few of them, and what is actually fact from fiction.

Arch Manning has committed to the University of Texas

– Texas is back

Well, let’s be patent. manning won’t be on campus until the 2023 season, and who knows if he’s going to earn the starting job as a true freshman. He still needs to beat out Ewers, who is one of the elite quarterback prospects of the last decade and just came over from Ohio State.

Bottom line: Ewers is going to have a chance to play and should elevate Texas on his own, but that remains to be seen

– Arch Manning will save Steve Sarkisian

Sarkisian went 5-7 in his first season at the helm in Texas, already putting him on the hot seat with some. So while landing Manning as a top recruit is huge, the question of whether Sarkisian lasts to see Manning get under center for the first time is a legitimate ask.

– Texas football has its savior

Maybe, maybe not. Meanwhile, the battle between Ewers and Manning should be a profile in two very different styles clashing. Ewers is more the athletic, rocket-armed quarterback who needs to clean up his mechanics to find the best version of himself. Manning, who comes from the lordly family of quarterback play, is a study in precision but perhaps isn’t the otherworldly athlete Ewers is.

Either way, Texas and its fans should be thrilled. After years of wandering around in the darkness, it appears the Longhorns are set at quarterback in a way few schools are.