Five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers, who broke off his commitment to Texas in October, made it official Thursday. He’s heading to Ohio State. Ewers (Southlake Carroll, Texas) is considered by the recruiting sites to be the nation’s best quarterback prospect of the 2022 class.
Ohio State was the first team to offer Ewers who talked highly of the program to 247 Sports over the summer. The Buckeyes pressed hard to get a commitment out of the high school junior before he gave his word to Texas. Now Ewers is on his way to Ohio State in the fall of 2022.
“The main thing I look for when I’m talking to a coach or looking at a university is development of past quarterbacks and who was as successful as they were in years past. I’ve known those guys for a while,” Ewers told 247. “I went up there in eighth grade (the family has a cabin in the Columbus area.) That’s when they offered me, and ever since then I’ve kept a good relationship, and it’s been fun talking to those guys. Coach (Corey) Dennis is really fun to talk to. He’s younger, easier to connect with, and Coach Day as well. Those guys are really cool.”
How is Tom Herman handling things? If his Monday press conference is any indication, he’s not happy. Herman thought he had locked up the quarterback position and was about to build a monster class. Things spiraled out of control in Austin over a two-week period when Herman’s team lost to TCU and Oklahoma and had a lot of off-the-field drama as well. Now 5-2, Herman’s clearly looking back on that rocky period and kicking himself.
“When you have the things that have been written about us in our program, myself and our future — very unfounded articles that state, again, opinion as fact, that state unnamed sources as being factual, it’s very hard to defend against because if I’m a competing recruiter, what do you do?” Herman asked.
“You press print and you say, ‘Look, this is true. It must be true. It’s on, so and so. OrangeFans.com? It must be true. Or it was written by this guy, so it must be true. Or this source said this, so it must be true. And that is really, really the hard part in recruiting is because there’s these 16-year-old kids are very impressionable. And unfortunately, when negativity gets written — especially unfounded, rumor-based, unnamed source-based negativity gets written — then it makes our competing recruiter’s jobs just so much more easy. They just press print and say, ‘Here you go.’”
— Quinn Ewers (@QuinnEwers) November 20, 2020