Texas spent $280,000 on Arch Manning’s visit: A five-star recruit for the 2023 class, Arch Manning formally committed to the University of Texas in June after traveling the nation for months on official and unofficial visits.
The Athletic reports that Texas spent roughly $280,000 on the weekend they hosted Manning and other prospects on an official visit in June, while other football teams treated the top-ranked quarterback like royalty.
Manning was one of nine candidates who spent a three-day weekend in June courted from arrival to departure with their parents.
Sam Khan Jr. of the Athletic revealed that Texas spent more than $21,000 on travel and lodging alone during the visit.
The recruits were welcomed with personalized cakes and various individualized refreshments when they arrived at the Four Seasons hotel in Austin, where they were staying.
Thirty-four rooms reserved by the school for the athletes, their families, and some program personnel cost $46,696.
Steve Sarkisian, the team’s head coach since January 2021, and his staff introduce during the visit at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. A detailed picture session conduct inside the stadium.
There were rest facilities en route to the field, such as a player’s lounge and a barbershop. In addition, the school spent $3,359.12 on speaker rentals to play music on the field.
The cost of the recruiters’ and their families’ meal plans on the first night of the visit came to $29,129.40. In addition, the after-dinner parent event resulted in an $11,880 pool bar tab, which covered by donations.
Day two’s highlights included a $10,226 check for breakfast at the stadium. A tour of the facilities and school, and a $9,497.72 excursion to TopGolf.
III Forks’ supper set us back $36,900, and the after-dinner party ran us $31,628.75. The evening also featured a $2,357.50 cruise that lasted an hour and was complimented by sweets.
The players got to speak with Sarkisian one-on-one as the weekend concluded at his home. In addition, Manning tweeted about his decision to commit to Texas three days after the trip.
Four of the nine prospects who visited the institution over the weekend made college commitments.
The following week there was a recruiting weekend with similar events. And the price tag for 14 prospects cost the school an additional $350,000.