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Texas spent $280,000 on Arch Manning recruitment weekend

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the recruiting red carpet.

On the weekend of June 17, Arch Manning and eight other recruits took visits to Austin. Through FOIA requests, The Athletic revealed that the school spent $280,000 on the weekend.

Some of the expenses included over $21,000 on travel, including airfare and car service; $46,696 on 34 hotel rooms for recruits and their families plus some Texas coaches and staffers; $17,319.71 on a lunch buffet plus $1,813.74 in additional desserts and snacks (the scene was described as “enough sugar to make Willy Wonka blush”); $3,359.12 to rent speakers to play music on the field (piping it through the stadium PA would’ve caused acoustic issues in a mostly-empty venue).

Then there was $29,129.40 on a dinner buffet; $11,880 on a “social” between parents and coaches, which included an open bar; $10,226 on a breakfast buffet; $9,497.72 at TopGolf; $36,900 for dinner at the swanky III Forks Steakhouse; and $2,357.50 on a cruise on Lady Bird Lake.

The $280,000 tab on this weekend was actually smaller than the expenditures for the weekend after, when Texas dropped $350,000 on a weekend for 14 potential recruits.

Texas spent $280,000 on a recruiting weekend for Arch Manning and eight other recruits.
Texas spent $280,000 on a recruiting weekend for Arch Manning and eight other recruits.
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In the end, Texas landed Manning. If he plays anything like the previous quarterbacks in his family — as the son of Cooper, he is the grandson of Archie and nephew of Peyton and Eli — Texas will presumably get back exponentially more in donations than they spent.

Already, the Longhorns have reaped the benefits in their recruiting, receiving a number of commitments in the wake of Manning’s.

“The goal right after I committed was to get good players,” Manning told the Dallas Morning News. “It’s been fun just getting on the phone with guys. Hopefully we can keep building this class.”

Eli Manning's nephew Arch Manning
Arch Manning plays for Isidore Newman.
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Manning will be a freshman in Austin next season, with the pressure of being next in a line of quarterbacks with four Super Bowl wins, three Super Bowl MVPs, five league MVP awards, two NFL Man of the Year awards and 20 Pro Bowls over 47 combined pro seasons. He’ll also have NIL deals to consider and Texas’ move to the SEC looming in 2025.

“I’m just worried about playing football right now,” he said. “My dad’s been dealing with that. I committed to play football and be a student, so that’s what I’m going to Texas to do.”

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