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Nation’s No. 1 QB is “Skipping” High School & Changing College Football
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The state of Texas is a hotbed for talented high school football quarterbacks. Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and so many more made a name for themselves before starring in the NFL on the prep scene in the Lone Star State, where the caliber of play is bigger and better.

Quinn Ewers could very well be the next in line. With a luscious, bleached blonde mullet and a style of play comparable to Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1-ranked quarterback in the 2022 recruiting class is changing the landscape college football as we know it.

Ewers is forgoing his senior year at Southlake Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, to join the Ohio State Buckeyes and cash in on his talent.

5-Star QB Quinn Ewers Recruiting

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Five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers, the nation’s No. 1 recruit according to 247Sports and ESPN, has a cannon arm and pinpoint accuracy, so it’s no surprise college football programs across the country were hot on his trail.

According to 247Sports, the 6-foot-3 signal caller had 29 offers from NCAA programs that include Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Arizona State, Michigan, Miami, Penn State, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Baylor, TCU, USC and Washington.

The folks over at 247Sports believed early that Ewers could wind up playing for head coach Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma, which is just up the road from his hometown. He also was slated to visit Auburn before the coronavirus pandemic hit, according to USA Today. However, he had plenty of reasons to head south to Austin and play for the Texas Longhorns.

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Ewers told 247Sports that he was a big fan of former Texas offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, plus he has family ties to the Big 12 school.

“My whole family is Longhorns. That?d be pretty cool. I have family near Austin. They would all come to games. I have family in New Braunfels which isn?t too far and a bunch more family down South, that?s where we originally moved from. This year they have to amp it up a little bit. I?m excited to see what they can do this year,” he said.

The last quarterback or player of Ewers’ magnitude to attend Texas? Just some dude named Vince Young.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19 outbreak last fall, Ewers decided it was time to make a verbal commitment.

Ewers announced his commitment to the Texas Longhorns and former head coach Tom Herman in August 2020, but the pledge was short-lived.

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Ewers’ commitment lasted a little more than two months. The five-star quarterback announced he was de-committing from the Texas Longhorns in October 2020.

“I’ve decided to de-commit and reassess the situation before making such an important decision on my future. I would like to thank the University of Texas for their belief in me and my abilities. I understand this year has been challenging for the coaches and administrators as well, so I appreciate their understanding and wish them the best in their future,” he wrote on social media.

“My family and I thank Texas Longhorns fans for their interest and support. I will soon have a firm decision on where I will spend the next few formative years of my life and career, and I look forward to sharing that with you.”

Ewers announced his plans to head to Columbus to join the Buckeye Nation in November 2020. He committed to Ohio State football in a tweet. According to 247Sports, he’s the second-highest rated OSU commit ever behind Terrelle Pryor.

Quinn Ewers to Skip Senior Season, Enroll at Ohio State

The new name, image and likeness rule put in place on July 1 isn’t only impacting players on college rosters.

Ewers announced he’s skipping his senior year of high school to enroll at Ohio State right away to take advantage of the new rule:

“Over the past few weeks, following Texas’ UIL informing me I would be prohibited from profiting off my own name, image and likeness, I’ve taken time to think about what lies ahead of me, both in the short-and long term,” Ewers said over social media. “It’s unfortunate I’ve found myself in this situation, as my preference would have been to complete my senior season at Southlake Carroll along with the teammates and friends I’ve taken the field alongside for the past three years.”

“However, following conversations with my family and those I know have my best interests in mind, I’ve decided it’s time for me to enroll at Ohio State and begin my career as a Buckeye.”

“This is not just a financial decision; this is about what is best for my football career. At 18, and with one final class about to be completed to earn my high-school degree, I feel it’s time to get the jump on my college career that is available to me. I am eager to start learning from Coach Day and the rest of the coaching staff.”

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Ewers’ decision could have massive implications for both high school and college football. If major recruits have the opportunity to make six figures in college, why should they waste their time in high school?

Buckeye head coach Ryan Day now has himself a full quarterback room that includes 2020 four-star C.J. Stroud, 2020 four-star Jack Miller and 2021 five-star Kyle McCord. Although Stroud is the favorite to replace Justin Fields, Ewers will have the opportunity to compete for the starting job in fall camp.

Regardless of when he takes the field, the Elite 11 quarterback will be a problem for Big Ten defenses.

Quinn Ewers Highlights

What stands out when watching this kid play is his incredible athleticism. He can roll out of the pocket and sling the ball 50 yards down the field on his back foot, or he can keep it and run the 50 yards himself.

Ewers can fire the ball with a tight spiral into tight holes or float it over defenses with touch. Some of the throws in the video above already resemble that of an All-American passer prepping for the NFL Draft.

Just check out him casually flinging a ball 73 yards as a high schooler:

It’s like he’s throwing from Los Angeles, California, to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sheesh.

And let’s talk about that accuracy: Per Max Preps, Ewers threw for 4,003 yards, 45 touchdowns and just three interceptions as a sophomore in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2019. THREE interceptions. Out of 402 pass attempts.

It’s no wonder the Southlake Carroll Dragons went 13-1 and finished their run just short of state title. Ewers was then voted Fort Worth Star-Telegram Offensive Player of the Year and MaxPreps National Sophomore of the Year. As a junior, he threw for 2,442 yards, 28 touchdowns and five interceptions in just eight games while battling a sports hernia.

Regarded as the “best junior quarterback prospect since Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence” by 247Sports last year, Ewers’ spot among the top of the recruiting rankings make all the sense in the world.

Now that Ewers has broken the seal of leaving high school to benefit off the new NIL rules, It’ll be interesting to see if other elite prospects follow suit.

This post was originally published on July 15, 2020, but has been updated following Ewers’ intent to enroll early at Ohio State.

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Patrick covered the Florida Gators during the forgettable Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain eras before spending two seasons writing for Major League Baseball. He's a baseball junkie who spends his days defending Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. He lives in South Florida but his heart belongs in Gainesville, Florida.
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