After months of speculation, five-star recruit Arch Manning has announced where he'll begin his college football career on Thursday. The nephew of the all-time great Manning brothers — Peyton and Eli — revealed that he's joined the Texas Longhorns for the 2023 NCAAF season.
The No. 1 overall recruit gives Texas its first top-20 player (without a transfer) since they had Garrett Gilbert (No. 11) in 2009. It'll still be some time before Manning is given a chance to be the Longhorns starting QB, but he has all of the talent, pedigree and potential to run with the opportunity when it arises.
For now, here's a look at Texas' updated QB depth chart following Manning's commitment to the Longhorns.
Texas QB Depth Chart
1. Quinn Ewers
The No. 1 prospect in 2021, Quinn Ewers transferred from Ohio State in December, hoping to advance his playing career with the Longhorns. The 19-year-old is a talented dual-threat that can pass and run the ball with the best of them, which is something he must prove if he hopes to win the starting job this fall. He displayed a great arm in high school, throwing over 6,400 yards and 73 touchdowns in 22 games, but only time will show what his collegiate ceiling looks like. Many experts expect him to be a starter in the NFL one day.
2. Card Hudson
While some are penning Ewers to be the starter, Card Hudson plans on giving him a run for his money. Hudson didn't see much action last year but still finished the year with 590 passing yards and 5 touchdowns to 1 interception while going 51-of-83 on his passes. He'd be a decent stop-gap if the Longhorns don't think Ewers is ready for the starting job just yet. Either way, the competition that Hudson brings to the table will help Texas figure out who the best option is.
3. Arch Manning
Manning might have the most potential out of Texas' QB room, but he's still low on the depth chart due to the Longhorns not wanting to rush him. They have a very special recruit on their hands that could attract more players to come to the University of Texas in the next few years. He's sure to wow people when he eventually becomes the starter, potentially in 2024, but there's still a ways to go until that happens.
4. Maalik Murphy
Before the Longhorns knew Manning was coming to Texas, the team brought in 2022 No. 12 recruit Maalik Murphy. His high school senior year ended up being his best campaign, ending with him recording 2,973 passing yards, 22 TDs and nine INTs in 14 games. Murphy also isn't afraid to dirty his hands when needed, having found the endzone six times last season.
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