Manning told On3 that Texas, Alabama and Georgia, while he is also planning visits to LSU and Florida.
As for the Longhorns, Manning commented on his relationship with Texas, saying, “Maintaining the relationship with those guys (Steve Sarkisian, AJ Milwee); staying in touch over normal conversations has been good. The visit to Austin, we got to see practice and see what it’s all about. We sat in the quarterback meeting. It was fun to see how they interacted, and I’m excited to see what they can do this year. They got a few transfers from Alabama, and I think that offense can be explosive. Austin is a big city compared to the other two, so it reminds me a little bit of New Orleans. It’s a little weird, and they’ve got good coaches there.”
Manning has visited Austin several times, in fact more times than any other school on his list, but the race for the NFL legacy is far from over. Throughout the process thus far, the Longhorns’ biggest challengers have been the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs, both teams that played in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship.
As for a decision, Manning told On3, “It’s kind of getting closer. I don’t really have a point yet, but I guess it’s kind of narrowing stuff down. I’m looking forward to (making a decision) either before the season or during the season or after the season. If I was ready I’d probably commit right now, but I’m not, so I’m just waiting.”
But if Texas fans are looking for a sliver of hope as to why Manning might prefer Texas, having the city of Austin compared to his hometown of New Orleans is certainly something UT fans can hang their hat on.