Arch Manning, a five-star recruit in the Class of 2023, verbally committed to the University of Texas in June but has spent months making official and unofficial visits across the country.
Football programs have treated the top-ranked quarterback like royalty, including Texas which spent nearly $280,000 the weekend they welcomed Manning and other rookies for an official visit in June, according to The Athletic.
Nine recruits and their parents, including Manning, spent a three-day weekend in June being wooed from arrival to departure.
Texas spent more than $21,000 on airfare and transportation during the stay, The Athletic’s Sam Khan Jr. reported via open taping requests.
The recruits stayed at the Four Season Hotel in Austin and were each greeted with personalized cakes and an array of personalized refreshments upon arrival.
The school spent $46,696 on 34 rooms reserved for athletes, their families and some program staff.
The visit to Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium involved introductions to coach Steve Sarkisian – who has served as the program’s head coach since January 2021 – and his assistants, and an elaborate photo op inside the stadium. Pit stops on the way to the field included a players’ lounge and a hair salon. Music on the field came from loudspeakers which cost the school $3,359.12 to rent.
To end the first night of the visit, the dinner arrangement for recruits and their families totaled $29,129.40. The parents’ after-dinner social produced an $11,880 pool bar tab – authorized by purchase via donation.
Day two highlights included a stadium breakfast with a check for $10,226, a facility and campus tour, and a trip to TopGolf for $9,497.72. Dinner at III Forks cost $36,900 and the after-dinner party cost $31,628.75. The night also included an hour-long dessert cruise, an experience that cost $2,357.50.
Ending the weekend at Sarkissian’s house gave the players the chance to spend some one-on-one time with the coach. Three days after the trip, Manning announced his intention to commit to Texas on Twitter.
Four of the nine recruits from the weekend visit have since committed to the school.
There was a recruiting weekend with similar activities the following week and the price of 14 recruits cost the school another $350,000.
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