Texas’ top target in the 2023 class is set to visit the University of Virginia on Friday, according to Wahoos247.
The five-star quarterback is the top overall recruit in the class of 2023 and is one of the highest-rated quarterback recruits of all time. As the nephew of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, expectations are extremely high, but Arch’s intangibles are undeniable.
It has been reported that Texas is putting “all its marbles” in the Arch Manning basket and is not expected to pursue another quarterback in the 2023 class. The Longhorns are confident in their chances right now, and have to compete with Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Ole Miss according to previous reports. Now, it appears that you can add Virginia to that list.
It will be interesting to see if NIL plays a role in Manning’s recruitment, considering what his estimated NIL worth is according to On3.com.
Even more interesting is that he is now eligible to sign NIL deals after a new law was put into affect on Thursday when the Louisiana High School Athletic Association voted to allow high school student-athletes in the state of Louisiana to profit off their name, image, and likeness.
All things considered, it does sound like NIL might not be the difference maker for Manning, since his recruitment has been described as “old school” to this point.
His head coach Nelson Stewart recently told The Athletic, “He’s not caught up with what other people seem to be. We don’t discuss things like NIL or conferences or uniforms teams wear. He’s all about the school, forming relationships with every single coach on these staffs. He wants to get along in the locker room. When he goes to these schools, he’s going as a recruit. There’s no red carpet.”
Regardless, I have a hard time believing that Virginia doesn’t roll out every red carpet they own today.