Texas reportedly spent $280K on Arch Manning’s recruiting visit

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Arch Manning, crown jewel of his 2023 recruitment class, is headed to Texas next fall, choosing the Longhorns over scholarship offers from Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Miami. The five-star quarterback, who just began his senior year at Isidore Newman in New Orleans (the same school his uncles Peyton and Eli attended before they rose to NFL stardom), visited UT along with eight other prospects this past June, racking up an obscene $280,000 bill over their short stay in Austin.

Pulling from their mammoth recruiting budget, the Longhorns spared no expense in hosting nine of the nation’s best including Manning’s high-school teammate Will Randle, assembling giant spreads, campus tours, a Top Golf outing and even a late-night cruise around Lake Lady Bird. Recruits and their families stayed at the Four Seasons, the same hotel that housed Queen Elizabeth when she visited the city in 1991.

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Along with extravagant gift baskets, an open bar for adults (more than 40 glasses of Tito’s Vodka were served at Friday night’s rooftop social) and a $36,000 dinner tab at III Forks (one particularly famished parent went to town on a 32-ounce Tomahawk ribeye), Texas also staged an elaborate photo shoot for recruits at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, blasting music on speakers the school rented for an additional $3,000. In rolling out the red carpet for their guests of honor, Manning and others dined with coach Steve Sarkisian at his 5,331-square-foot home in nearby Rollingwood, concluding a whirlwind 48 hours in Austin.

Texas’ aggressive recruiting pitch, putting on the full-court press with lavish amenities, a full itinerary of events and plenty of facetime with Sark and his coaching staff, proved successful, wooing at least four prospects with receiver Mikal Harrison-Pilot apparently still mulling between UT, Oklahoma, Houston, TCU and Cal-Berkeley. According to Sam Khan Jr., who chronicled Manning’s entire trip for The Athletic, Texas spent even more the following weekend, hosting 14 recruits and their families at a cost of roughly $350,000.

After giving top-ranked Alabama a scare last weekend (the Tide escaped with a last-second field goal), it’s clear that Texas, after a decade of irrelevance under coaches Charlie Strong and Tom Herman, is finally headed in the right direction, boasting the No. 2 recruiting class ahead of their anticipated move to the SEC in 2025.

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