COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Quinn Ewers, the highly ranked high school quarterback, has decided to enroll at Ohio State for fall semester.
Ewers is a 6-foot-3, 206-pound quarterback from Southlake, Texas. Justin Wells of InsideTexas.com and Pat Murphy of Bucknuts reported Ewers’ decision Monday morning, citing unnamed sources, after word surfaced last week that Ewers was considering coming early to Ohio State.
Ewers later announced his decision in a social-media post, explaining that his inability to profit off his name, image and likeness while in high school played a part in his decision. New rules will allow him to do so at Ohio State.
“Over the past few weeks, following Texas’ UIL informing me l 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. It’s unfortunate l’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. I am eager to start learning from Coach [Ryan] Day and the rest of the coaching staff.
“I understand many will have their opinions on this matter. But only my loved ones and I know what’s truly best for me and my future. This is not a decision I have made without a lot of thought. …
“See you soon, Columbus.
Ewers will be able to practice with the Buckeyes but is unlikely to play right away as he learns Ohio State’s offensive systems.
Ewers has a 1.000 ranking according to 247 Sports Composite, making him Ohio State’s highest-ranked recruit. He originally committed to Texas but decommitted in October. Ewers also had offers from Alabama and Southern California, among others.
Day has yet to name a starting quarterback as the competition continues among sophomore C.J. Stroud, sophomore Jack Miller III and freshman Kyle McCord.