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Arch Manning schedules 3 significant recruiting visits

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Quarterback Arch Manning 16 runs the ball as Newman takes on Lafayette Christian Academy in the LHSAA Div III semi finals. Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. Arch Manning Lca Vs Newman Football

Arch Manning has scheduled three major recruiting visits that may well point to the final three destinations he is considering.

The top-ranked recruit for the 2023 class is visiting Georgia over the first weekend in June, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports. He plans to visit Alabama and Texas on the two weekends that follow that. Manning has visited all three schools previously, so these will not be new experiences for him.

Manning has been courted by most of college football’s top programs, but most of the rumors have led the quarterback to one of these three schools. Others may still be in the picture, but the signs point to them having some ground to make up.

The order of the visits probably isn’t worth reading into, but that could still be telling. After all, Manning dropped a pretty notable quote about Georgia recently that could hint at which way he is leaning.

Pitt transfer Jordan Addison reportedly down to 2 schools

Jordan Addison warming up

Sep 18, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) warms up before the game against the Western Michigan Broncos at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Addison is reportedly close to deciding where he will play next season.

The Pitt wide receiver has narrowed his list of destinations to two, according to Jordan Schultz of Boardroom. USC and Texas are the two schools vying for Addison.

Addison would be a big get for either school. A consensus All-American, he caught 17 touchdowns and tallied 1,593 receiving yards as a sophomore for the Panthers in 2021. He decided to enter the transfer portal last month and has been pursued by a number of other top programs that did not make the final cut.

Pitt is already pretty annoyed about Addison’s pending departure. They’ll be even angrier if he winds up at USC, at least according to Pat Narduzzi’s reported reaction to the transfer rumors.

ESPN releases its top 5 CFP predictions for 2022 season

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Jan 7, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian speaks to media during the Alabama Crimson Tide media day at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 college football season doesn’t kick off until August 27, but it’s never too soon to look at possible College Football Playoff matchups.

ESPN revealed its top five most likely playoff combinations based off of the recently-updated Football Power Index (FPI) rankings for 2022. ESPN’s FPI rankings are based on projections from 20,0000 simulations of the season using FPI, which measures team strength and is meant to be the best indicator of a team’s performance during a season.

Based off of these FPI rankings and the All State Playoff Predictor, ESPN predicted the five most likely playoff combinations, as seen below.

All combinations involve the top six teams in the FPI rankings: Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Notre Dame and Texas.

Alabama, ranked No. 1, appeared in four of the five possible combinations, including the one with the highest probability at 20 percent. Georgia, the defending national champions and No. 3-ranked team, was also predicted to play in four of the five possible outcomes.

However, it was Ohio State, the FPI No. 2 team, that appeared in all five possible combinations. With QB C.J. Stroud back for his second season, and Michigan figuring to take a step back, Ohio State has a great chance at a playoff berth.

Clemson, the FPI No. 4 team, made three of the combinations. The Tigers are still a talented team despite last season’s lackluster 10-3 record. The Atlantic Coast Conference could also be wide open with former Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett headed for the NFL.

Notre Dame, ranked No. 5 in the FPI, appeared in only one potential playoff scenario. Texas, as the No. 6-ranked team, made three potential combinations.

For those college football fans worried about the lack of parity in the sport, these predictions aren’t good news.

Each of the teams in the most likely scenario – Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State – have appeared in at least two of the first eight playoffs, and have all won at least one national championship during that time.

Alabama has won three titles in seven playoff appearances, while Clemson has won a pair of championships in six trips to the playoff.

Ohio State won it all in the inaugural season of the playoff in 2015, and has made four playoffs overall. Georgia, the reigning national champions, has clinched two playoff berths.

Report: Arch Manning has ‘high interest’ in 3 schools

Arch Manning runs

Arch Manning will have his choice of just about every major college football program in the country, but a few are reportedly beginning to stand out above the rest.

According to Steve Witfong of 247Sports, three schools have “done a really good job” recruiting Manning thus far. Those three are Alabama, Georgia and Texas. They are joined by Florida, Ole Miss and LSU as the potential early finalists for Manning.

“As he continues to be diligent with this process, the schools, of course, that are in the mix are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas,” Witfong said on the 247Sports Recruiting Podcast Wednesday. “I think that Alabama, Georgia and Texas, particularly, have done a really good job with Arch, who has high interest in all the schools I mentioned. LSU’s making a later move here under the new coaching staff, and the same goes for Florida, and I think he wants to give those programs a good look. He’s intrigued by them.”

Manning, the nephew of Peyton and Eli and grandson of Archie, is considered the top overall prospect in the Class of 2023. He’s projected to be the next great quarterback in the Manning family. He has thrown for 6,307 yards with 81 touchdown passes and 19 rushing scores in three seasons as the starting QB at Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans.

It goes without saying that every school in the country would love to have Manning, and he is giving several top programs a chance to make their pitch. Though, he has already dropped one national powerhouse off his list.

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Photo: Quarterback Arch Manning 16 runs the ball as Newman takes on Lafayette Christian Academy in the LHSAA Div III semi finals. Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. Arch Manning Lca Vs Newman Football 5108

Gary Patterson is strong candidate for staff role at 1 major program

Gary Patterson watching warmups

Former TCU coach Gary Patterson is poised to return to college football at a very prominent program.

Patterson met Friday with Texas coach Steve Sarkisian about a possible role with the Longhorns, according to multiple reports. Jason Suchomel of Orangebloods reported that Patterson was a “strong candidate” to join the staff in some role.

Patterson was in his 21st season coaching TCU when he abruptly left last season under some curious circumstances. Joining Texas would allow him to remain close to his roots while simultaneously getting back into college football. The 61-year-old is also known as a great defensive mind, which could be a very good complement to Sarkisian’s reputation as a good offensive coach.

The only real issue here is whether Texans fans might have some lingering distaste toward Patterson from when the two programs clashed in Big 12 play. In all likelihood, they’ll get over it.

Photo: Oct 2, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson before the game against the Texas Longhorns at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Sarkisian makes change to his coaching staff

Steve Sarkisian does Hook Em

Texas is undergoing some major changes after Steve Sarkisian’s disappointing first season with the team, and the program’s old coaching regime is now completely gone.

Sarkisian has fired wide receivers coach Andre Coleman, Chip Brown of 247Sports reports.

Coleman was hired by former Longhorns head coach Tom Herman in 2019. He was one of two coaches, along with running backs coach Stan Drayton, that Sarkisian retained when he took over prior to the 2021 season. Drayton was named Temple’s head coach last week, so there are now no coaches remaining in Austin from the Herman era.

Brown reports that Coleman and Sarkisian had some disagreements over recruiting. Texas had two wide receivers — five-star Evan Stewart and four-star Armani Winfield — decommit from their 2022 class.

Texas got off to a strong start this season before finishing 5-7. Despite that, they still have one of the top recruiting classes in the country heading into next year. Sarkisian even managed to flip a top recruit on National Signing Day last week. He also landed a highly coveted transfer quarterback, so there is no need for Longhorns fans to panic just yet.

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Photo: Sep 4, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian and players sing The Eyes of Texas along with fans after a victory over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Sarkisian scores another big win by flipping top recruit

Steve Sarkisian does Hook Em

The Texas Longhorns struggled on the field this season, but those problems do not appear to be carrying over to the recruiting side of things.

Steve Sarkisian landed another big recruit on the first day of the early signing period Wednesday, flipping four-star cornerback Terrance Brooks from Ohio State. Brooks is rated as the No. 8 cornerback in the 2022 class and the No. 58 player overall, according to 247 Sports’ recruiting rankings.

Brooks, a native of Little Elm, Tex., made the announcement on social media and noted he was “staying home.”

Texas went 5-7 in 2021, a huge disappointment in Sarkisian’s first year as head coach. That may be forgotten quickly if his recruiting class delivers. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Longhorns’ 2022 class ranked fifth in the country in 247 Sports’ rankings, placing them ahead of the likes of Notre Dame, Michigan, Clemson, LSU, and Oklahoma. That also includes a highly-coveted transfer quarterback.

There have been plenty of false dawns for Texas in the last several years, and a lot of highly-ranked recruiting classes failed to live up to expectations. There is no guarantee this will be any different, but on paper, Texas will have the talent for a quick rebuild under Sarkisian.

Texas fans! Steve Sarkisian is the new head coach of the Longhorns and promising a high-octane offense. Show some support for the squad with this great All Gas No Brakes shirt. It makes a perfect gift for yourself or a friend. You can buy it here:

Photo: Sep 4, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian and players sing The Eyes of Texas along with fans after a victory over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Sarkisian lands major transfer QB at Texas

Steve Sarkisian does Hook Em

The Texas Longhorns had an awful season this year, but they may be back in business for 2022.

Quinn Ewers, one of the top quarterbacks available on the transfer market, has decided to transfer to Texas. Yahoo’s Pete Thamel reported the news on Sunday.

Ewers was originally scheduled to begin his college career in the fall of 2022, but he reclassified and skipped his senior season to join Ohio State this season. He did not see any game action this fall and decided to transfer.

Ewers heading to Texas is a familiar feeling for Longhorns fans. The former Southlake Carroll quarterback was originally committed to Texas but dropped his commitment in Oct. 2020. A few weeks later, he announced he was committing to Ohio State.

Whether it was Casey Thompson or Hudson Card, the quarterback spot was shaky all year for Texas. If Ewers is anywhere near as good as his 5-star recruit status suggests, Texas should be much improved next season.

Texas fans! Steve Sarkisian is the new head coach of the Longhorns and promising a high-octane offense. Show some support for the squad with this great All Gas No Brakes shirt. It makes a perfect gift for yourself or a friend. You can buy it here:

Photo: Sep 4, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian and players sing The Eyes of Texas along with fans after a victory over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Top WR commit bails on Texas in middle of game

Steve Sarkisian does Hook Em

Texas finally snapped their ugly losing streak with a hard-fought win over Kansas State on Friday, but they suffered a significant loss in the recruiting department.

Armani Winfield, a four-star wide receiver recruit from Lewisville High School in Texas, decommitted from the Longhorns in the middle of Friday’s game. He said in a statement on Twitter that he will wait until National Signing Day to announce his decision.

Winfield was the first player to commit to Texas after Steve Sarkisian was hired as head coach back in January. He’s now the sixth decommitment for the 2022 recruiting cycle, according to 247 Sports.

Texas has had some truly atrocious losses this season after getting off to a strong start. You can’t blame recruits for wanting to look elsewhere, especially after some of the concerning quotes Sarkisian has delivered amid the disappointing season.

Photo: Sep 4, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian and players sing The Eyes of Texas along with fans after a victory over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Texas hits ugly low in loss to West Virginia

Steve Sarkisian does Hook Em

The Texas Longhorns hit a new low this season during Saturday’s loss to West Virginia.

The Longhorns fell 31-23 for their sixth straight loss, sending them to 4-7 on the season. They were officially eliminated from bowl contention with the defeat.

Texas went into halftime trailing 21-10. Quarterback Casey Thompson had a pathetic showing, going 4/14 for 29 yards with an interception. He was replaced in the second half by Hudson Card who went 10/16 for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian has many weaknesses, but his one strength is supposed to be on offense, and especially in the passing game. His starting quarterback having such a poor first half is a true embarrassment for the program.

Texas has now lost six games in a row for the first time since 1956.

The Longhorns were once 4-1 and led 41-23 against Oklahoma late in the third quarter of the Red River Shootout. They blew that lead, lost 55-48, and haven’t won since. They even lost last week to Kansas.

Texas really got rid of a guy who went 7-3 and won a bowl game last season only to hire Sarkisian to go 4-7 and lose six in a row. That’s awful.

Photo: Sep 4, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian and players sing The Eyes of Texas along with fans after a victory over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports