The top target on Ohio State's board in the 2022 recruiting class has just reopened his recruitment.
Five-star prospect Quinn Ewers, the No. 2 overall player and No. 1 pro-style quarterback in America, has decommitted from Texas, he announced via Twitter on Wednesday night.
“With the process being abnormal this season, I tried my best to keep an open mind to all possibilities,” Ewers said in a tweet. “However, the more I've considered, the more I've come to realize I didn't explore all my 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 will soon have a firm decision on where I spend the next few formative years of my life and career, and I look forward to sharing that with you.”
Ewers had been committed to the Longhorns since August 14, but speculation of him possibly decommitting started surfacing on Sunday night. That came after a group of Ohio State's 2022 commits began putting out a series of tweets about them cooking up something “huge” in the class.
Eventually, we discovered that what they were referring to was the possibility of Ewers either decommitting from Texas or outright flipping his commitment from Texas to Ohio State, combined with the possibility that Ewers' decision (one way or another) would be combined with an Ohio State commitment from five-star Del Valle (Texas) receiver Caleb Burton.
Once 247Sports' Texas insider Mike Roach reported that Ewers' commitment may not be as solid as previously thought – writing that “the rumors surrounding the 2022 passer are starting to show some real substance” – heat picked up even further for the 6-foot-3, 195-pound prototypical top-end quarterback to reopen his recruitment.
Ohio State, Clemson and Alabama, in some order, are the expected favorites now to land Ewers.
About a month before his Texas commitment, Ohio State had been the program recruiting Ewers the hardest, with Ryan Day's ability to develop quarterbacks such as Dwayne Haskins and Justin Fields into eventual first-round NFL draft picks being a major piece in this recruitment.