And with that, Ryan Day and Corey Dennis may have just ended any hopes of the Tom Herman Era breeding any success for the Longhorns while simultaneously:
The Ewers File
- Class: 2022
- Size: 6-foot-3/195 lbs
- Pos: QB
- School: Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★★
- Composite Rank: 1 QB
- Keeping the Buckeyes' pipeline of stud quarterbacks coming as they continue to make a legitimate claim to the title of QBU in the landscape of recruiting.
- Gives Ohio State its own potential version of Trevor Lawrence.
None of those statements is much of a hyperbole, as Ewers hails from the great state of Texas and is a big enough prospect that Herman and Co. should have been able to keep him home. The fact that they couldn't, even after having a commitment from him secured since mid-August, could be the final nail in the coffin for Herman.
As for the QBU title, this gives the Buckeyes a second consecutive season with a five-star quarterback and a third straight year with a commitment from a top-50 overall player and a player ranked in the top three at quarterback:
- Four-star C.J. Stroud in 2020: No. 42 overall, No. 2 pro-style
- Five-star Kyle McCord in 2021: No. 23 overall, No. 3 pro-style
|NAME||POSITION||OVERALL RANKING||POSITION RANKING||DATE OF COMMITMENT|
|JYAIRE BROWN||CB||125||13||APRIL 22, 2020|
|TEGRA TSHABOLA||OT||127||12||APRIL 23, 2020|
|C.J. HICKS||OLB||35||2||MAY 1, 2020|
|GABE POWERS||OLB||33||1||AUGUST 1, 2020|
|DASAN MCCULLOUGH||OLB||48||5 (ATH)||AUGUST 18, 2020|
|BENNETT CHRISTIAN||TE||386||19||SEPTEMBER 1, 2020|
|BENJI GOSNELL||TE||264||10||NOVEMBER 4, 2020|
|QUINN EWERS||QB||2||1||NOVEMBER 19, 2020|
Ewers, a prototypical quarterback prospect at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, has some strong connections to the Buckeye State, as his family owns property – either a farmhouse or a barn – in the Columbus area. That just added another advantage for the Buckeyes, who for a long time had done a better job of recruiting Ewers harder than any other program in the nation until his abrupt (and a bit unforeseen) commitment to Texas this summer.
After seeing Dwayne Haskins go in the first round of the NFL draft, Ewers thought even more highly of Ohio State, and with Justin Fields getting off to a smoking hot start in the win over Nebraska – which is the start of a possible Heisman Trophy campaign and race to become a top-three overall pick under Day's development – that added fuel to the fire for the Ewers family.
Dennis is also a strong factor here, as has also done a phenomenal job building a relationship with Ewers and his family in his first season as Ohio State's quarterbacks coach, and the Buckeyes now have the No. 1 cornerstone of their 2022 class by pulling off a gigantic steal of a player who is going to likely finish as the No. 1 or No. 2 overall player in the class by the time he signs.
Ewers is the Buckeyes' No. 2-ranked all-time recruit in the modern recruiting era that dates back to 1999. Ewers (0.9994 rating) has put himself in great company in that regarding, trailing only Terrelle Pryor (0.9997) and ahead of Ted Ginn Jr. (0.9992).
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