Quarterback Quinn Ewers, ranked as the top 2022 high school prospect by 247Sports, announced Wednesday night that he has decommitted from the University of Texas and has reopened the recruitment process. He committed to the Longhorns in August. According to Brian Davis of the Austin American-Stateman, Ewers told a different story earlier this week. “I’m 100% committed (to Texas). I have faith in the coaches to get it rolling. They’re still building. It’s only been five games under a new system,” reportedly told a newspaper reporter.
Apparently, something changed for the coveted Southlake Carroll quarterback who has “#1 player in the Country,” in his Twitter bio. His statement Wednesday is good news for the big boys of college football.
“Recently, as I’ve competed alongside my teammates during my junior season at Southlake Carroll, I’ve also taken some time to think about my future. Given the COVID-19 pandemic facing us, this has been a challenging year for students like myself, with the support of my family, I tried to navigate the recruiting process the best way I could. With the process being abnormal this season, I tried my best to keep an open mind to all possibilities. However, the more I’ve considered the more I’ve come to realize I didn’t explore all options as thoroughly as I would have liked. Therefore, 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. My family and I also thank Texas Longhorn fans were their interest in 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.”
This is yet another blow to a Texas Longhorns program that has been stuck firmly behind Oklahoma for the last decade and unable to get over the hump. Sitting at 3-2 and out of a Top 25 poll that includes Coastal Carolina at No. 20, Texas now faces a new controversy concerning the traditional ‘Eyes of Texas’ school song. The UT athletic director recently ordered players to stand for the song, but some players have called it racist and refused to participate.
Ewers looks like he’s out of the Longhorn picture. The Texas message boards were already a mess before Ewers’ announcement, and now this high school junior quarterback just sent grown men into a bad mood by changing his mind.
Where will Ewers land? Ohio State is likely at the front of the pack, but other major programs will certainly make a play for him as well.
“No program is recruiting Ewers harder than Ohio State,” 247’s Steve Wiltfong said in July. “Corey Dennis, the new young quarterbacks coach there for the Buckeyes and Ryan Day are the program in the most contact with the Lonestar State gunslinger, who also added that he talks a lot with Chad Morris at Auburn and has maintained a strong relationship with Texas. He also says he talks a lot with Michigan. Oklahoma is certainly in there, and there were a few more.
“Alabama, Georgia, LSU, those programs have offered the 6-foot-3, now 211-pound Ewers, who is approaching 30 offers. I think the next one is going to come from Dabo Swinney and Clemson … That’s an offer that I think he’ll strongly consider. There’s a few programs I like early in the process for Quinn, who’s gonna make a business decision. He’s looking for a school that’s obviously gonna give him the best chance to be what he thinks he can be.”
— Quinn Ewers (@QuinnEwers) October 29, 2020