Arch Manning at Texas means 'he's walking under the microscope,' Chris Simms says
Arch Manning at Texas will be a huge shift in attention for college football, as the No. 1 recruit will enter a program looking to return to national prominence.
A quarterback who knows something about playing at Texas and getting to the NFL is Chris Simms, and he shared thoughts about Manning on Friday’s episode of the “The Dan Patrick Show.”
“He’s walking under the microscope is what he’s walking into,” said Simms, a former Texas quarterback himself who played in the NFL and now is an analyst for NBC Sports and Peacock. “The SEC, we know is king of college football. I’m not sure there’s a city in the SEC, though, that is quite as big as Austin is, has the media coverage, and then covers their local team like it’s a pro football spot. That, to me, is going to be one of the great advantages for Arch Manning if he can get through all that. He’ll be ready for the NFL as far as media scrutiny and being under the microscope.”
Simms said the Texas fan base is thirsty for a winner, and he is too.
“What the hell’s going on, I’m sick of it,” Simms said. “I really am and I just think, like me, and I’m not trying to pat myself on the back or anything, but the thing I’m excited for is yeah, we’ve got a good quarterback in Arch Manning, that’s awesome, but I know the ripple effects, and the ripple effects to me are going to change the whole organization, or the whole university.”
Simms referred to other recruits at other positions who follow after Manning’s commitment.
“I think Arch Manning could be that jump off spot for Texas once again,” Simms said.
Simms said he was surprised that Manning committed to Texas because he didn’t think the recruit would leave the “normal SEC comfort zone, but I’m happy as hell it happened and hopefully it can catapult us back into the national scene.”