While Arch Manning might seem like the ideal quarterback to watch for a transfer portal announcement, a recent report from 247Sports’ Chris Hummer gave Longhorns fans some relief about their future signal caller.
Hummer mentioned on the Transfer Portal Palooza Show that, “Based on everything we’ve heard, Arch is perfectly happy at Texas. I think the expectation is he will be back in 2024.”
He then continued by saying, “The real question mark in the room is what happens with Quinn Ewers and what happens with Maalik Murphy. Matt’s reported it before, and a lot of us have been hearing similar things, about Quinn being likely to return to Texas in 2024. But you never know what happens during a College Football Playoff run. He just had the best game of his career, in the Big 12 Championship Game, and we’ll see how he plays during the stretch run for Texas. That could impact his decision.”
Arch was pushed into the transfer portal spotlight over championship weekend after reports surrounding Quinn Ewers surfaced which pointed to Ewers returning as the Longhorns starter in 2023. ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported on Saturday morning that the possibility of Quinn Ewers returning to Texas for the 2024 season has continued to become more likely over the past few weeks.
According to NFLDraftBuzz.com, Ewers is graded as the seventh-ranked quarterback prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft behind Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels, Michael Penix, Shedeur Sanders, and Bo Nix. Should the Texas native continue to improve his stock through the College Football Playoffs, Manning may work his way into a starting role as the likelihood of Ewers’ returning would sway in the opposite direction.
Manning, Ewers, and the Longhorns head to New Orleans for a Sugar Bowl matchup against No. 2 Washington on Friday, January 1st at 7:45 p.m. CT on ESPN.