2023 five-star quarterback Arch Manning seemingly shocked everyone on Thursday by announcing his commitment to Texas.

Texas was always a front-runner for Manning and the fact that he committed to the Longhorns wasn’t surprising. The timing is what was surprising.

I wasn’t expecting Manning to commit until this fall at the earliest. I think most recruiting analysts were expecting a similar timeline.

There was actually a hint that Manning would commit on Thursday and we all missed it.

On Thursday morning, Eli Manning, Arch’s uncle, tweeted a photo of himself with Arch, Peyton, Cooper (Arch’s dad), Heid (Arch’s younger brother), and Archie (Arch’s grandfather).

This should’ve been a major sign that something was going down with Arch’s recruitment.

I assume that Arch and Cooper got the family together for either one last conversation about what Arch should do (it was always Arch’s decision and only his decision, but it’s undeniable that he leaned on his father, uncles, and grandfather for advice). Or so Arch could tell them in person he was going to commit to Texas before he made the announcement on Thursday.

While this missed sign doesn’t mean much after the fact, it’s something worth remembering down the road when Peyton’s son, Marshall (11 years old currently), eventually announces his college commitment.

I have a feeling Tennessee Vols fans will be a lot more interesting in that recruiting battle.

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