On August 14, 2020, Texas landed its greatest recruit since Vince Young, in Southlake Carroll’s Quinn Ewers. Ewers is one of just six men to receive a perfect 1.0000 rating according to 247 Sports. Others include the aforementioned Young along with Jadeveon Clowney and Rashan Gary among others.
However, the firing of Tom Herman along with Texas’ uncertain future led to Ewers and other commits second-guessing their original decisions. Just six weeks later, Ewers de-committed and decided to re-classify to join Ohio State for the upcoming season.
After just one season and a handful of snaps played, Ewers entered the transfer portal, thus giving Longhorns fans a glimmer of hope. Today, that hope is being rewarded as once again, Ewers is a Texas Longhorn.
Ewers is truly a once-in-a-decade type of talent at the position. That term gets thrown around an awful lot nowadays by scouts and media alike, however, it truly applies for Ewers. In 22 games as the Carroll starting quarterback, Ewers completed 70% of his passes for a ludicrous 6,445 yards with 73 touchdowns to just 8 interceptions. He added another 701 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.
As a sophomore, he led Carroll to a 13-1 record before getting bounced by Duncanville in the state semifinals. As a junior, he got his revenge defeating Duncanville to get to the state championship. Since then, he re-classified in order to learn under Ryan Day and the rest of the Ohio State staff. It’s been a wild journey for Ewers but alas, welcome home to The 40 Acres.
Name: Quinn Ewers
High School: Southlake Carroll
City, State: Southlake, TX
Three Best Traits:
Pro-Style QB With Mobility - Ewers is the best of both worlds when it comes to being a quarterback. In an era where quarterbacks are either pocket guys or mobile runners, Ewers is both. He’s a pro-style pocket passing quarterback with wheels. He can sit back and stay in the pocket until someone gets open. When the pocket breaks down he has the awareness to move around to make the best play, whether that’s with his legs or throwing on the run for a first down. Watching the film on Ewers is jaw-dropping - he’s constantly making a play out of a less than ideal situation.
Frame - Ewers has a perfect frame to be an elite quarterback at the collegiate level. He has the height and frame necessary to withstand a full season of play. He’s special too in that he has such a big frame yet doesn’t lose any of his speed or athleticism. He’s north of 200-pounds yet can move like a man thirty pounds less. Ewers, physically, is everything you want in a quarterback.
Arm Talent - He has the mobility, he has the frame, and yes he has the arm to go with it as well. As a 16-year old Ewers had a video go viral of him launching a ball 73-yards. That’s Josh Allen territory. To go with that cannon, Ewers in his career completed 70% of his passes. He has the accuracy to go along with pure strength. Even if you manage to get him off-balance and out of the pocket he can still sling it 50+ yards on the run. There isn’t a throw on the field Ewers can’t make.
Areas of Improvement:
Reps - Ewers really hasn’t had much playing time in a year. He last played meaningful snaps at Carroll in the state title game. Since then he’s been with Ohio State riding the bench as the Buckeyes have one of the best quarterback rooms in America. He did receive a handful of snaps as a true freshman but no throwing attempts. While I’m sure Ewers has gotten a million practice reps in, there’s a big difference between those and game day reps.
Me > Team - While this is a bold criticism you have to wonder if Ewers is just trying to capitalize on the large NIL deals in place now all-around college football. For now, I’ll err on the side of caution and say that Ewers is committed to Texas and is committed to turning this program around. If anyone can do it, it’s him.
What else is there to say about a prospect when the 247Sports Composite has given him a literal perfect rating. Does he have his flaws? Sure, but his sheer talent along with his physical traits and resume is something so rarely seen. He’s an absolutely electrifying player who can do almost anything you need out of your quarterback. Steve Sarkisian has his guy who can help him run wild on college football.
What a story this is. Ewers has now turned Texas into a desirable quarterback room for coach Sarkisian and company. Between Hudson Card who showed flashes of brilliance last year, to 2022 four-star commit Maalik Murphy, to now Ewers, the Longhorns have a plethora of talent at the position. The level of talent that Sarkisian is recruiting to Texas is second to none. While the impending move to the SEC is scary, at least Texas finally has the talent now to back it up.