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Eli Manning was all smiles with nephew Arch before he committed to Texas

NY Giants, Eli Manning. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NY Giants, Eli Manning. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

The college football world has been flipped upside down, with 5-star recruit Arch Manning announcing that he has committed to Texas. Manning, a talented playmaker out of Isidore Newman High in New Orleans, is ranked the No. 1 recruit in the country for the 2023 class and he had countless teams chasing him from all over the place.

If that last name looks familiar – and as most of you already know – it’s because the newest Texas pledge is the nephew of NY Giants legend Eli Manning. Fellow Super Bowl winner Peyton Manning is another uncle, while his father is Cooper Manning.

There’s a whole lot of Manning royalty and Arch is now ready to create his own legacy over in Austin starting in the ’23 campaign. While Eli was surely hoping the youngster would follow in his footsteps and go play ball at Ole Miss for the Rebels, he’s still going to root for him at Texas. Matter of fact, the Manning clan was all together shortly before Arch went public with his decision.

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In the end, it felt like Arch was going to verbal to either Texas, Ole Miss, Georgia or Alabama. Georgia and Alabama fans were feeling pretty confident, as Kirby Smart and Nick Saban know a thing or two about landing top prospects. However, Steve Sarkisian and his stuff made quite the impact on Arch, leading to the news that came in for college fans everywhere.

Again, Eli would have loved to see him suit up for the Rebels, but that won’t be happening. With Arch already being considered an elite talent with NFL potential, perhaps he could make things up to Eli by suiting up for the Giants down the road. Hey, one Manning already helped the organization win two Super Bowls, so why not bring another to town for more of the same?

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There’s plenty of time for that to happen, as Arch is still in high school and will start his senior season this fall. After that, he’ll shift his focus to graduation and then make his way over to UT to begin his college career. Countless eyes will be on the signal-caller to see if he’ll live up to the hype, but it must be nice knowing he’ll have Eli, Peyton, Cooper and the rest of the Manning squad in his corner.