Ohio State quarterback commit Quinn Ewers considering skipping senior year of high school

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch

Quinn Ewers, the top-ranked high school quarterback in the class of 2022, is considering skipping his senior season at Southlake (Texas) Carroll and enrolling at Ohio State.

Ewers, who has been verbally committed to the Buckeyes since November, raised the possibility Wednesday in an interview with Yahoo! Sports, telling the website he is “leaning” toward attending Ohio State this fall. A decision could be made later this week.

His arrival would throw a massive wrinkle into the Buckeyes’ quarterback competition, which is set to continue on Tuesday when they open preseason training camp.

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Since spring practice, freshmen Kyle McCord, Jack Miller and C.J. Stroud have been vying for the job to take over for Justin Fields behind center.

Speaking with reporters at Big Ten media days in Indianapolis last week, Ohio State coach Ryan Day maintained there is no frontrunner in the position battle.

“It's even to me,” Day said.

All of them are inexperienced. Miller and Stroud did not attempt a pass while redshirting during last fall’s coronavirus pandemic-shortened season, and McCord only enrolled at the university in January.

Ewers would be every bit as green and even shorter on practice reps than the others in Ohio State’s quarterback room, but he is widely viewed as the best prep passing prospect since Trevor Lawrence, a talent level that gives him a chance to win the starting job if he chooses to reclassify. He’s one of only six high school prospects in the past two decades to receive a perfect 247Sports composite ranking.

Along with all schools across the country, Ohio State is prohibited from speaking publicly about unsigned recruits, and Ewers could not be immediately reached by The Dispatch for comment. 

As reported by Yahoo, a significant consideration for Ewers in bypassing his high school senior season is the restrictions on Texas high school players from making money off their name, image and likeness, leaving him unable to cash in on several endorsement deals that have been lined up.

Holy Kombucha, a beverage company based in Dallas, is among those that have struck potential agreements with Ewers and have offered cash and equity in the company, according to his family.

Such financial opportunities became permissible for college athletes this month after the NCAA adopted an interim NIL policy.  

Ewers’ family told Yahoo that they were informed earlier this week by the University Interscholastic League, the governing body for high school sports in Texas, that profiting off his publicity would be in violation of the state’s NIL legislation.

“I don’t think we’re here to fight them or question the UIL, but we hold a different opinion, and we think our opinion is valid,” his father, Curtis, told the website. “We didn’t ask for this situation, but it’s upon us. It’s our reality. We don’t want Quinn to be a martyr here for everyone who comes behind him. But right now, we are guided by what’s the best for Quinn.”

The marketplace has already appeared to be lucrative for even inexperienced college quarterbacks. 

Though not yet named Alabama's starter, Bryce Young has made almost seven figures through NIL deals, coach Nick Saban said last week.

One English class is left in order for Ewers to complete his graduation requirements, according to the Yahoo report.

He had previously planned to graduate a semester early in order to join the Buckeyes in January, a step that is common among most highly ranked quarterback recruits.

McCord, Miller and Stroud all graduated early to enroll early at Ohio State in previous winters.

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