During the same weekend Texas hosted marquee five-star quarterback recruit Arch Manning on an official visit to Austin, the Longhorns welcomed back a legend of the past. The return of Colt McCoy to practice, now entering the second year under Steve Sarkisian, is special in its own right. But add in the chance to send a message to the hottest recruit in the country, and things got interesting.

As of March 2, there are six teams in play for Manning, including Texas. However, Manning has yet to set a decision date with the Early Signing Period still eight months away.

But bringing McCoy into practice might give Manning an inside look on how a signal caller can thrive in Austin.

Manning headlined a major visit weekend for Texas. Horns247 broke it all down on their latest edition of State of Recruiting. Manning is a known fan of Sarkisian, who recently recruited Quinn Ewers via the transfer portal. Ewers enrolled early at Ohio State last season before electing to transfer closer to home.

The six finalists for Manning are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas.

Manning debuted Aug. 19 as 247Sports’ top quarterback and remains No. 1. Manning’s interests include offers from Boston College, Duke, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, SMU and Tennessee.

Midlands regional recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks, in a Sept. 24 scouting report, wrote the following of Manning’s game:

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“Good height and overall frame potential. Relatively lean, athletic build and carries existing weight well. One-of-a-kind quarterback pedigree. Natural pocket passer with pro-style feel, but good functional athlete with terrific off-schedule instincts and playmaking ability. Junior season has shown improved running ability in designed situations and continued dangerous scrambling effectiveness. Looks first to throw when on the move, but capable of gaining chunk yards and converting money downs with his legs. Has repeatedly shown ability to throw accurately outside of the pocket, including when throwing across his body. Calm field demeanor yet poised and competitive simultaneously. Quick, natural release. Accuracy among his best traits. Processes quickly and picks apart defenses in the short-to-intermediate game. Displays requisite vertical arm strength and in-the-bucket touch on deep shots. Impressively pairs velocity and touch to fit throws into zone windows. Elite pocket awareness. Sixth-sense ability to feel pressure and avoid rushers. Good size but still filling out frame, which will continue to raise the ceiling on arm capacity. Does not face elite high school competition, but feel for the game and pedigree will translate regardless. One of the nation’s top prospects regardless of position. Likely multiyear high-major starter with first-round NFL Draft ceiling.”

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