2022 No. 1 QB Ewers skipping HS senior year to join Buckeyes early
Quinn Ewers is heading to Ohio State earlier than anticipated.
The five-star quarterback and second overall recruit for 2022 will skip his senior year in high school to join the Buckeyes early, he announced Monday.
His decision comes just weeks after the NCAA passed legislation to allow athletes to profit off of 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 in a statement. "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."
Ewers is the highest-ranked pocket passer on the ESPN 300. The Southlake, Texas native committed to Ohio State in November after changing his initial decision to join Texas.
The Buckeyes have been a top destination for quarterbacks recently. The school's last two starters - Dwayne Haskins and Justin Fields - were top-15 picks in the NFL draft in 2019 and 2021, respectively.
Ohio State's quarterback competition is wide open ahead of the 2021 season. The three other signal-callers under scholarship on the depth chart - Jack Miller, C.J. Stroud, and Kyle McCord - have yet to attempt a pass in college.