The Texas Longhorns had an awful season this year, but they may be back in business for 2022.
Quinn Ewers, one of the top quarterbacks available on the transfer market, has decided to transfer to Texas. Yahoo’s Pete Thamel reported the news on Sunday.
Ewers was originally scheduled to begin his college career in the fall of 2022, but he reclassified and skipped his senior season to join Ohio State this season. He did not see any game action this fall and decided to transfer.
Ewers heading to Texas is a familiar feeling for Longhorns fans. The former Southlake Carroll quarterback was originally committed to Texas but dropped his commitment in Oct. 2020. A few weeks later, he announced he was committing to Ohio State.
Whether it was Casey Thompson or Hudson Card, the quarterback spot was shaky all year for Texas. If Ewers is anywhere near as good as his 5-star recruit status suggests, Texas should be much improved next season.
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Quinn Ewers’ stint at Ohio State did not last long.
Ewers is leaving Ohio State as a transfer, Yahoo’s Pete Thamel first reported on Friday.
Ewers, who is from Southlake Carroll in Texas, was a prized recruit who enrolled at Ohio State in August. He skipped his senior season of high school to enroll at Ohio State early.
He was always expected to redshirt in 2021. But now he will be leaving the school and reportedly is targeting programs in Texas, his home state.
Thamel says Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech are three schools Ewers is considering.
What’s interesting is Ewers was originally committed to Texas but decommitted last year. Now he is reconsidering the Longhorns, who have a new coaching staff.
Perhaps the emergence of freshman C.J. Stroud, who passed for 3,862 yards, 38 touchdowns and just five interceptions, impacted Ewers’ decision.
Ohio State’s loss will be another school’s gain.
Ohio State landed the top quarterback recruit in the Class of 2022 when Quinn Ewers flipped from Texas to sign with the Buckeyes last October. As it turns out, they will not have to wait any longer to get him on campus.
Ewers announced in a lengthy statement on Monday that he will forego his senior season at Southlake Carroll High School in Texas to enroll at Ohio State. The 18-year-old said he made the decision because Texas is one of the states that does not allow high school athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness.
“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 wrote. “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 the past three years.”
You can read the full statement below:
As Ewers mentioned, he has to complete just one more core class to earn his high school degree. Ohio State camp starts this week, and he was initially planning to enroll in January. He recently revealed that he was contemplating skipping his senior season due to numerous offers he has from companies that want to work with him.
The 6-foot-3, 206-pound Ewers is considered the No. 1 overall prospect in the country for 2022. He threw for 6,445 yards and 73 touchdowns in two seasons as Southlake Carroll’s starter. He will have a chance to compete for Ohio State’s starting job as a freshman.
The changes to college athletics allowing players to capitalize on their name, image and likeness could lead Quinn Ewers to skip his senior high school season and enroll in college earlier than expected.
Ewers, the No. 1 QB recruit for 2022, decommitted from Texas last October and chose Ohio State a month later. He told Yahoo’s Pete Thamel that he is leaning towards leaving high school for the Buckeyes a year early.
“I don’t really know, I don’t have a final decision made quite yet,” Ewers told Thamel. “I’m leaning toward leaving and going up to Ohio, just so I don’t have to deal with [University Interscholastic League] stuff and can get comfortable with Ohio and Columbus and start to learn.”
The ability to begin cashing in on his name and making money is influencing Ewers’ thinking. He already has numerous offers from companies that want to work with him. But as a high school athlete, he cannot yet strike these deals. That’s why he wants to get started at Ohio State.
Academically, Ewers just needs to pass one core class, which he should be able to do in time to enroll at Ohio State by the start of camp on Aug. 3. Ewers is already planning to enroll at Ohio State in January.
The 6-foot-3 QB plays at Southlake Carroll in Texas, a storied program that would be devastated if he left.
Quinn Ewers says he is firm in his commitment to Ohio State.
Ewers is the top-ranked quarterback in the 2022 recruiting class. He originally was committed to Texas, but he decommitted from the school in late October after the program’s shaky start. That led to another recruit dropping. Ewers’ decommitment may have been the catalyst that led Texas to make a coaching change.
Ewers announced a few weeks later that he was committing to Ohio State, as many expected.
Informed on Saturday of the news that Texas fired Tom Herman and that Steve Sarkisian was (at the time) the rumored coach to replace Herman, Ewers told reporters he was sticking with Ohio State.
Texas probably already knew that. They didn’t get rid of Herman and bring in Sarkisian because they thought it would lead Ewers to flip back to the Longhorns; they got rid of Herman and brought in Sarkisian because Ewers dropped Texas.
Ewers, meanwhile, passed for 450 yards and six touchdowns in Southlake Carroll’s playoff win on Saturday. It looks like the Buckeyes are getting yet another stud QB.
Quinn Ewers is headed to Ohio State.
Ewers, a top quarterback recruit, announced last month that he was decommitting from Texas. Recruiting sites immediately projected that the Southlake Carroll star would end up at Ohio State. That is exactly what happened.
Ewers shared a graphic on his Twitter account Thursday that showed he committed to the Buckeyes.
Ewers has been ranked as the No. 1 player in the 2022 recruiting class. He originally committed to Texas in August.
As a sophomore last season, Ewers passed for 4,003 yards, 45 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Quinn Ewers’ decommitment from the Texas Longhorns is already having a ripple effect.
2022 wide receiver recruit Phaizon Wilson tweeted that he had some thinking to do after Ewers announced his decommitment. Wilson didn’t take long to make a decision.
Wilson announced on Thursday that he too was decommitting from the program. He announced it in a note lacking punctuation that is quite possibly the longest run-on sentence in history.
Wilson is rated a four-star prospect by 247 Sports. He is listed at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, and he plays for Lancaster High School in Texas.
Wilson and Ewers were two of the three recruits in Texas’ 2022 class that now only has one remaining player committed to the school.
Top 2022 quarterback recruit Quinn Ewers announced on Wednesday he was decommitting from the Texas Longhorns. Ewers is a five-star recruit and was a major haul for Tom Herman in August. But now Ewers is available, and projections are already rolling in for where the quarterback will commit next.
247 Sports received five crystal ball picks from its insiders following the Ewers decommitment news. All five insiders picked Ohio State as Ewers’ likely choice.
Football Scoop’s Zach Barnett also said in a tweet that Ewers was probably headed to Ohio State.
Ewers is a junior at Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas. He passed for 4,003 yards, 45 touchdowns and just three interceptions as a sophomore last year, while rushing for nine scores. His commitment would be a huge addition for Ohio State, and is a devastating loss for Texas.
The Texas Longhorns lost a major recruit.
Quarterback prospect Quinn Ewers announced on Twitter Wednesday that he was decommitting from Texas.
Ewers said he did not fully consider his options before committing to Texas and that his mind has since changed.
Ewers also said in his statement that he will have news on his new choice soon.
Ewers is a 5-star quarterback and the No. 1 player in the 2022 recruiting class, according to 247 Sports. The pro-style quarterback is being recruited by Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson, among other schools. 247 Sports listed Ohio State as getting “warm” for Ewers.
Ewers plays for Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas and was a huge recruit for Tom Herman’s program. He committed to them in August, but the Longhorns’ 3-2 start may not have impressed Ewers enough.
The Texas Longhorns landed a big recruit on Friday, and Lincoln Riley appeared to issue a response on Twitter.
2022 quarterback recruit Quinn Ewers announced on Twitter Friday that he was committing to the Texas Longhorns.
Ewers is the No. 1 recruit in the 2022 class, according to 247 Sports and ESPN, so that was a huge get for Tom Herman’s program. Ewers chose Texas over rival Oklahoma, among other programs, which may have led to a response from Riley.
The Oklahoma Sooners head coach tweeted an emoji of a chess piece on Friday night.
That may be Riley’s way of saying he’s playing chess, not checkers. If so, he probably has some sort of corresponding moves ready to go.
In addition to having Spencer Rattler and Tanner Mordecai competing at quarterback this year, Oklahoma landed a big commitment from 2021 quarterback Caleb Williams last month. They may not have landed Ewers, but they still should be well set at the quarterback position.