3 rival school commits Arch Manning can help Texas football flip

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Last weekend could continue to help build momentum on the trail for the 2023 and 2024 Texas football recruiting classes this fall. Texas is riding a three-game winning streak in Big 12 play, which could translate to more success on the recruiting trail this fall, especially as head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff attempt to round out the 2023 class ahead of the first signing day.

We are now roughly two months from the start of the Early Signing Period, which will be the time when most of Texas’ 2023 class is officially locked in. Until that time arrives, though, there could still be a few recruits that moved around in the 2023 class.

And one of the driving forces helping the Longhorns recruit this fall to round out the 2023 class on a high note is the elite five-star Texas quarterback commit and Isidore Newman product Arch Manning. Texas landed a commitment from Arch during the summer, and he was a significant factor in building the massive wave of momentum that Sark and his staff found on the recruiting trail entering the 2022 season.

Manning has helped Texas reel in commitments from the elite five-star DeSoto wide receiver Johntay Cook, four-star Edgewater (FL) running back Cedric Baxter Jr., five-star New Iberia Westgate (LA) safety Derek Williams, etc.

But there could be more on the way in the near future with some of the recruiting efforts from the likes of Arch, Cook, and some of the other top commits in the Longhorns 2023 class.

The top rival school commits that Arch Manning is recruiting for Texas football

With that in mind, here’s a look at three rival school commits that Arch could help flip to Texas in the 2023 class before signing day.

Jelani McDonald, ATH

This is going to be a critical weekend for the Longhorns in the developing recruitment of the touted four-star Waco Connally athlete and Oklahoma State Cowboys commit Jelani McDonald. Texas hits the road to travel to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State this coming weekend. And a win over Oklahoma State in Stillwater would likely do wonders for Texas to try and flip McDonald.

Texas offered McDonald prior to his first unofficial visit to Austin for a game weekend last week. And most accounts pointed to a successful unofficial visit for McDonald to Austin over the weekend. According to a report from CJ Vogel of TFB Texas this week (donor content), the trip to Texas last weekend “went well” for McDonald. The possibility looms large that he will re-open his recruitment in the near future.

Adding a talent like McDonald to the Longhorns 2023 class brings a different level of potency and versatility to the table. McDonald could realistically play most positions in the back seven on the defensive side of the ball for co-DC/LB coach Pete Kwiatkowski and the Longhorns.

And getting the recruiting pitch here from Arch would do nothing but help Texas’ cause in the efforts to flip McDonald’s commitment from Oklahoma State this fall.

Coming out of last weekend’s unofficial visit to Austin, McDonald mentioned that Arch is “too cool”. So, it sounds like Arch is already helping the Texas staff in the efforts to flip McDonald.