Five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers, the No. 1 player in the country in the Top247 rankings for the 2022 recruiting class, re-opened his recruitment Wednesday night. The Southlake (Texas) Carroll star decommitted from the Texas Longhorns after a 2 1/2-month pledge that started with his August 14 commitment to the in-state program.
Ewers announced his decommitment just after 9 p.m. CDT Wednesday. It did not take long for the 247Sports Crystal Ball to trend in Ohio State’s favor. Six new 247Sports Crystal Ball forecasts for the Buckeyes to land Ewers arrived in a 25-minute window following Ewers’ decommitment announcement.
Three of those picks came from 247Sports Director of Football Recruiting Steve Wiltfong, Horns247 insider Mike Roach, and Bucknuts insider Bill Kurelic, who are designated as lead experts. All six of the new Ewers-to-Ohio State Crystal Ball predictions accompany confidence scores ranging from 6 to 8 (4-6 is medium range, 7-9 is high, and 10 is considered a “lock”).
A handful of programs could be in the running for Ewers’ commitment now that he is back on the market, but the Buckeyes do indeed appear to be in pole position. Ewers is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the country, regardless of class. He has reported 30 offers to date and his reputation as a truly elite quarterback prospect has made him coveted by programs near and far.
The industry-generated 247Sports Composite rates Ewers as a five-star recruit ranked No. 2 overall in the country’s 2022 recruiting class, No. 1 among pro-style QB’s in the junior class, and No. 1 overall in the state of Texas for the 2022 cycle. The Top247 rankings put Ewers at No. 1 across the board: nationally, at his position, and in the Lone Star State.
Ohio State is no stranger to the state of Texas in recent recruiting cycles. The Buckeyes have signed high-profile players such as Jeff Okudah, JK Dobbins, Baron Browning, Garrett Wilson, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba all since 2017. Ohio State holds a 2021 commitment from five-star offensive line standout Donovan Jackson,
The following is the 247Sports scouting report on Ewers: “Prototype frame for elite QB prospect. Good height with lean, athletic build that will hold more bulk. Dynamic natural playmaker at QB position. Shows impressive stand-and-deliver in-pocket ability, in addition to terrific off-schedule instincts. Varies arm angles as needed.
“Enormous production as a sophomore for perennial Texas 6A power. Accuracy supported by 2019 completion percentage (72.4) and staggering TD-INT ratio (45-3) against outstanding competition relative to the high school level. Great touch on timing routes and red-zone throws. Sneaky good velocity that allows him to drive the ball over the middle of the field and outside the numbers. Shows requisite downfield arm strength in vertical passing game.
“Athletic enough to regularly extend plays to find receivers and also be dangerous on designed runs. Consistent, repeated delivery, but can quicken it. Athleticism lacks testing or track context. Elite QB among nation’s top 2022 prospects, regardless of position. Projects to high-major level with long-term early-round NFL Draft ceiling.”