Texas football 4 star OT commit drops truth bomb on whether to protect Arch Manning

Texas Longhorns football made a major commitment on Saturday, securing 4-star offensive tackle Payton Kirkland to add to Steve Sarkisian’s 2023 recruiting class.

Kirkland hails from Florida and comes in at No. 274 on the 247Sports Composite for his class. He is the 25th ranked offensive tackle. While some thought he would go to Miami, Michigan or Oklahoma, it turned out to be Texas football.

Of course, that means the opportunity to protect No. 1 rookie Arch Manning going forward. Kirkland is excited about this possibility:

With Manning in the lead, Texas’ recruiting class of 2023 ranks fourth in the nation behind Ohio State, Notre Dame and Georgia, according to 247Sports. The class has 20 commitments, with Manning the only 5-star recruit and Kirkland ranking among 13 4-star recruits.

Sarkisian is trying to bring Texas football back to glory after a long period of mediocrity. Since losing the BCS National Championship game under Mack Brown to end the 2009 season, the Longhorns have only scored double-digit wins in a season once. This happened in the 2018 season under Tom Herman, who had moderate success but didn’t do enough to keep his job past the 2021 season. Herman replaced Charlie Strong, who only lasted three seasons after Brown’s departure.

Sarkisian’s first season with Texas didn’t go well, with the Longhorns going 5-7 and failing to reach a bowl game. But Sarkisian is working on the recruiting track to make sure Texas soccer is back on the map soon. Expectations will be high for Arch Manning, but there is also a lot of talent around him.