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Texas may not be able to afford Arch Manning to play for the Longhorns, but the university reportedly opened the best recruit vault to make him feel like the king of Austin.
Sam Khan Jr. of The Athletic reported that Texas spent nearly $280,000 during Manning’s two-day official visit in June. The visit included eight other prospects, but there was no question that the school was rolling out a Benjamin Franklin-printed carpet for Manning.
The lavish weekend included a stay at a luxury hotel, two dinners averaging over $30,000, and a few open-bar parent drinks that made a total of five figures.
While it’s standard for recruits to visit campus and receive elevator pitches from coaches, this was a premier wine-and-dinner experience designed to impress the parents as much as the players.
From a recruitment point of view, the weekend was an outright success. Manning announced his Texas commitment days after the visit, and he will be joined by Will Randle, three-star high school teammate, who was also traveling.
The exorbitant tab for the weekend may open eyes across the country, but it’s just the cost of high-level business in college football.
Manning will arrive in Texas as one of the most acclaimed prospects in the program’s history, equipped with all the tools necessary to be a star and the pedigree of his surname as cousin to Eli and Peyton Manning. We will have to wait until next year to see if he lives up to the huge investment.
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